Opinions wanted from other DMs

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The group that I DM for had their **** handed to them by encounter 9, 2d10+4 and 2d6+3 are big damage numbers, especially when the monsters can hand around for quite a while...

Two of the PCs are down to 2 surges, and a third has only 1!

I'm undecided as to whether on not to allow them an extended rest between 9 and 10. And if i do, what I should to to alter the rest of the chapter.

Does anyone have any thoughts or opinions please?

In my group our Thief is down to 9 hp with four surges remaining, and he was complaining about the difficulty of the encounter as well.  I think the main problem is that there was a lack of consistency throughout the adventure for how difficult the encounters were.  Many were a cakewalk, with my players griping about being too easy.

So I made things harder, and they still laughed off most fights.  This week I made minor changes to make things a little easier, and the presented encounter ripped the party apart.  At this point, you have to ask yourself a question:

What would make the game fun for the players?  Obviously, dying off because they lack healing surges would make for a terrible end, but at the same time, if you give them an extended rest every time they are low on resources, they'll get to the last battle and just spam all their daily powers.

I generally give the party multiple short rests, even though, as written, a lot of the adventure is written as a race against time.  Since an extended rest resets all their powers, though, it can trivialize encounters where you're meant to conserve resources.

The best advice I can give is to ask yourself the following:

Did the party get beat up because they didn't use better tactics, or was there simply no way for them to avoid the situation, ie, the monsters were too tough, or the party had plain old bad luck?

What I'll probably do myself is have Faldyra give the party some herb or a poultice that restores healing surges, and let them decide on how to use it.  If two characters can regain 1-2 surges, which two party members should?

"You can always judge a man by the quality of his enemies." -The Doctor, Remembrance of the Daleks
one solution would be to have faldyra give the pc a scroll with the following ritual:

Comrades' Succor

Ritual participants share their vitality and luck with one another.

Component Cost: 10 gp
Market Price: 150 gp
Key Skill: Heal (no check)
Level: 1
Category: Restoration
Time: 5 minutes
Duration: Instantaneous


While performing this ritual, you and up to 5 participants in the ritual can choose to lose any number of healing surges and select another participant to gain an equal number of healing surges. No participant can have more healing surges than his or her daily maximum. Additionally, you or one participant must lose 1 healing surge when performing this ritual.


Published in Dragon Magazine 380, page(s) 89.

Thanks for the suggestions, I'll probably run with a variant on the Comrade's Succor. Have Faldyra cast it whilst they are with her, and also give then a scroll of it to take with them.

I was in a similiar situation and my part took a pounding in the last Encounter.  I honestly thought I was going to have a TPK on my hands.  I like the idea of her casting Comrade's Succor and giving up a few of her own e-mail surges
I could never give up one of my e-mail surges.  ;)
Just remember that Faldyra, as a heroic tier NPC has 1 healing surge.
Was wondering what e-mail surges were.

Yep, she's only got the one, but that's enough to "pay for" the ritual, and hopefully we'll have a character along tonight that missed last week's butchery...
Comrade succor is okay.  There is something that might offend some of you and that is gasp, let them die.  They just bring their character back with -4 surges in the next session.  I felt bad about TPKing my group the first time then again the second time I felt a little worse.  Now they are using much better tactics.  I feel like they learned by failing. 
Well the Comrade Succor went great at my table.  The problem is that the encounter at the doors ate most of the surges that they shared.  I would be super surprised to see the survivors live through the next couple of encounters.
Same here basically.
My group has also been getting beaten up a lot this chapter. The previous chapters were a cakewalk so I was regularly buffing the monster side. Between that and this chapter being 5 sessions long I know my players will run out of healing surges.
 
My plan is

Every time a flashback is revealed the players will have a chance to regain a healing surge. I haven't worked out the specifics yet, but I am thinking of something like they make a save with a +1 for each healing surge they are down.
Behinddmscreen, you're a genius!  I was already planning on including a skills challenge in this week's session-

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Allowing them to get healing surges as a reward is brilliant!
"You can always judge a man by the quality of his enemies." -The Doctor, Remembrance of the Daleks
Thanks! So how did it go?
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