High points:- The party was heading towards a TPK from the Blood Bird Flock until the pyrokinetic lured it to a gas vent- A skakeboarding Yeti repaired a vehicle and used it to smash through the gate of the underground garage- Tangh smashed open the Beta chamber door on the first round (rolled a 20) and was wisked away... returning later to blast the party with an Omega Boom Box.- The two remaining party members set the Beta Chamber to overload and ran.
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Yep, an overleveled swarm in the first combat of an intro adventure turned out not to be the best idea - not as bad as Irontooth and Kalarel, but still a bit much. I ruled that the rat swarm could do full damage to it (and vice-versa), and that the aura damage didn't stack with the ongoing damage. There was no shortage of AEs in either my playtest group (hawkoid/plant, Giant, & siesmic) or on Game Day (telekinetic, hawkoid, giant, & plant). A seismic knocking a flock of birds 'prone' by stomping on the ground was kinda funny (it's a sonic attack, though, so why not).
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PC deaths are less of a deal in GW, but they can still leave people feeling like the game is not fun