Average PC deaths per Adventure Path?


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Liberty's Edge

Hey guys, I'm just curious how often death occurs in your average adventure paths? I know some are obviously deadlier than others, some GMs go out of their way not to kill PCs (and some go the other way!), unlucky rolls can lead to deaths and so on.

But I'm just curious going into an adventure path how many actual PC deaths is considered average/usual?


We are in Book 5 of Strange Aeons and have had 4 deaths (no Hero Points).
First two deaths were permanent, one for role-playing purposes and one because the player had lost interest in the PC-his first Pathfinder attempt. Third death fixed with Raise Dead because Breath of Life casting was disrupted, fourth death fixed by Breath of Life.
We are pretty well designed at level 12 and the fighter/barbarian is super optimized with a tentacle from mutation fighter to carry his shield so he can two hand his dwarven waraxe.

Dark Archive

I'm in book 6 and had 7 PC deaths in Strange Aeons. Five of those deaths were in a particular book where the deaths are less painful then normal (sort of). To a certain extent post level 10 death is just another condition (at least in many situations).


Yeah, ignoring high level deaths that can be reversed:

Shattered Star had "that trap" and then later a TPK for four deaths. After that, high level deaths happened on occasion but were generally reversible without too much trouble.

You may find the obituary threads in each AP forum a useful tool for this, or at least finding the lethal chokepoints in an AP.

Dark Archive

Ruins of Azlant, halfway through book 2 we were at 10 death before we just said screw this.


Carter Lockhart wrote:
You may find the obituary threads in each AP forum a useful tool for this, or at least finding the lethal chokepoints in an AP.

Second this - these are really consistent on warning GMs where deadly elements lay. If a ton of people are dying to the same encounter, that should be a warning (whether or not you want to crank it down is up to your GMing style).


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Obituary threads are also a source of much laughter, especially if Turin is writing the obits. ^^


Motion carried on the obit threads.

Ran Rise of the Runelords all the way through and we are in Book 2 of Hell's Rebels.

RotR:
- True Deaths (pc dies, does not continue): 0
- Death as a condition: 7 (solved in various ways - Hero Points, breath of life, true resurrection, etc.)

HR:
- None

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