thetrickygnome wrote:The orcs had an intelligence of 8, more than enough to adjudicate attacking the potion which IMHO falls in the
realm of "common sense". Secondly, it's the DMs decision to be merciful or not at a table. There are two
situations that I don't use the "mercy rule" - 1) arrogant and obnoxious conduct at the table prior to the PCs
impending death and 2) someone caught blatantly cheatingthat still ends up in a deaths door situation. I also
have a little less mercy on PCs played by very experienced players but even then if they aretrying their best &
acting with respect I tend to cut them some slack. I played it as I felt was justified and I've seen the same
methods acted out at GenCon, MegaCon, ect.
I absolutely agree with your logic, just not your reasoning. A DM that runs tables indiscriminately will never have to be overturned as they are running the adventures as written. I've seen monster cut through a stranger or new comer at a table of "friends" and then all of a sudden decide that attacking one player at a time with his 4 attacks is too much. Pitty the new comer didnt know the dm or he might have gotten the same curtisy. Just because the DM guide give you the option, which by the way didnt transfer to pathfinder as far as i've found, it still doesnt allow a dm to go against the instructions provided in a modual. Otherwise, what is the point of reading ahead, I will jsut run everyone blindly and you will all have fun.
I've run moduals that other players, nameless, have apparently played in 4 player tables and still managed to survive unscathed. Yes experience plays a factor but sitting in a table that the DM is without a dought pulling punches leads me as a player to only think one thing. These guys suck and I should try my best never to get shackles with them at another table. A principle which I as a DM have never been happy with.
Hell even Ralph, The Godfather of DnD in Miami, has screwed player royally in an adventure, but seeing that he is a tight to run things as written, then all you can do is bitch or complain and then move on.