No combat XP?


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The sidebar on page 7 states "Throughout the Strength of Thousands Adventure Path, the heroes gain XP not from winning fights, but from solving mysteries, aiding others, or even just making friends."

Does this mean that combats should have no XP award? Or rather that there are many ways to gain XP in addition to combat?


Sounds like it to me.

Liberty's Edge

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Excuse me, WHAT?!

Liberty's Edge

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As far as I remember, in all incarnations of DnD and in many other TTRPGs too, winning fights has been the proven way to solve mysteries, to aid others and to make friends ;-)

Liberty's Edge

The second one IMO : XP for things other than fights, but also XP for fights.

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Uchuujin wrote:

The sidebar on page 7 states "Throughout the Strength of Thousands Adventure Path, the heroes gain XP not from winning fights, but from solving mysteries, aiding others, or even just making friends."

Does this mean that combats should have no XP award? Or rather that there are many ways to gain XP in addition to combat?

You get XP for winning fights, just like in any Pathfinder game. But you'll get a lot of your XP for doing things other than winning fights, and you'll find that sometimes you get more XP for solving a conflict in a way that doesn't involve clobbering your enemy.


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Thats pretty awesome, id love to see more of that personally. I love me a good fight but oppurtunities for diplomacy and getting rewarded for doing other stuff like progressing story events or going to class is cool as heck


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Ron Lundeen wrote:
Uchuujin wrote:

The sidebar on page 7 states "Throughout the Strength of Thousands Adventure Path, the heroes gain XP not from winning fights, but from solving mysteries, aiding others, or even just making friends."

Does this mean that combats should have no XP award? Or rather that there are many ways to gain XP in addition to combat?

You get XP for winning fights, just like in any Pathfinder game. But you'll get a lot of your XP for doing things other than winning fights, and you'll find that sometimes you get more XP for solving a conflict in a way that doesn't involve clobbering your enemy.

thats great, but in future if you're going to continue this (which I hope you do), maybe don't say "PCs gain XP not from fights, ..." because that makes it sound like fights don't grant XP at all.


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KaiBlob1 wrote:
Ron Lundeen wrote:
Uchuujin wrote:

The sidebar on page 7 states "Throughout the Strength of Thousands Adventure Path, the heroes gain XP not from winning fights, but from solving mysteries, aiding others, or even just making friends."

Does this mean that combats should have no XP award? Or rather that there are many ways to gain XP in addition to combat?

You get XP for winning fights, just like in any Pathfinder game. But you'll get a lot of your XP for doing things other than winning fights, and you'll find that sometimes you get more XP for solving a conflict in a way that doesn't involve clobbering your enemy.
thats great, but in future if you're going to continue this (which I hope you do), maybe don't say "PCs gain XP not from fights, ..." because that makes it sound like fights don't grant XP at all.

I thought the same thing, it is rather confusing choice of words.

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KaiBlob1 wrote:
Ron Lundeen wrote:
Uchuujin wrote:

The sidebar on page 7 states "Throughout the Strength of Thousands Adventure Path, the heroes gain XP not from winning fights, but from solving mysteries, aiding others, or even just making friends."

Does this mean that combats should have no XP award? Or rather that there are many ways to gain XP in addition to combat?

You get XP for winning fights, just like in any Pathfinder game. But you'll get a lot of your XP for doing things other than winning fights, and you'll find that sometimes you get more XP for solving a conflict in a way that doesn't involve clobbering your enemy.
thats great, but in future if you're going to continue this (which I hope you do), maybe don't say "PCs gain XP not from fights, ..." because that makes it sound like fights don't grant XP at all.

That's fair. We'll work to clarify better in the future.


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Maybe "PCs are likely to gain more experience from using their heads rather than their weapons."


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Ed Reppert wrote:
Maybe "PCs are likely to gain more experience from using their heads rather than their weapons."

Make a headbutt specialist monk, got it.


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Worth pointing out that this AP might be a prime candidate for milestone leveling. GMs have wide swaths of time to slot in extra content if they want and not have to worry about out-leveling the campaign.

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Stuff like this is a reason I don't use XP at all.

-Skeld

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Our GM uses to give out XP for getting him snacks...

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