Monday, July 4, 2011

Wow energy drain is a bitch.

Energy drain sucks.  The quest our group is on has the players exploring an ancient tomb, based on I3 Pharaoh. Long ago the inhabitants sealed themselves in bad stuff happened and most of them ended up undead; ghasts, ghouls, wrights, and wraiths it's a pretty miserable deadly place.  We could have easily lost a few PC's if I hadn't gifted them a sweet healing stick to get them through the quest, they might be a little under powered for.  Anyway the party added a cleric last session, and as a result they've been doing okay, but a wraith got through yesterday and tagged the ranger.

I've always been of the opinion that energy drain attacks, not only suck, but are kind of unfair.  It's happened to me and I hated it, I hated doing it to the ranger, but I'm not happy with any of the alternative energy drain systems I've perused.  I've toyed with the idea of allowing a constitution saving throw, but I didn't think of it last night.  Oh well, dame you Tolkien!


  1. I always thought Saxe vs. Poison of die was assy, too.

  2. I'm with you, but I can take death. It's a new character, and backstory which I find very rewarding. Energy drain to me is like running a mile up hill only to get teleported back down the hill to run up it again. Those experience points were hard won and I wanted them back.

    If you need a player let me know I'd make that drive for a mini campaign.

  3. Hey David,

    I'll keep you posted. :) The couple was really nice, so if they can cut their friend loose and come back. We may switch gears. We'll see, though. I hope my distaste for their friend didn't mess anything up.