I understand there's a certain amount of dpr control with extra attacks, but if someone makes an attack roll, I want them to make a proper damage roll. I'd be willing to rebalance damage to allow for that.
The bulk of my objection to the current treatment of extra attacks (roll an unmodified die) is emotional. I just don't think it feels right; I'm not excited about it. I want my extra attacks to all deal the same damage formula (weapon die + ability) because that way I feel like I'm actually attacking.
Some people might think I'm being stupid or whatever, and you're entitled to your opinion if you feel that way but what I want to explore here is how we can rejig things to allow extra attacks to just deal your attack damage. So here's the deal:
Currently there are three ways of getting extra attacks:
- Two weapon fighting - can of worms, I know, but it's a way to get an extra attack. Big issues here for me, disadvantage makes me feel like it's not worth the bother (hopefully a feat will fix it) in the first place but I want to focus on the damage. Frankly, two weapon damage rolls without abilities is not two attacks worth of damage.
- Expertise maneuvers - mostly flurry. Actually, just flurry? I don't like it. It's balanced and it works. I'm aware of that, but I don't like how it's balanced or how it works.
- Be a fighter - Yup, they get that extra attack and it actually works like a proper extra attack. Good. Let's model everything else after this, but let's not let maneuvers and two weapon fighting outshine the fighter's extra attack - basically leave the fighter alone and keep this class feature free and clear of any balancing acts applied to other ways of getting extra attacks.
So basically what I'm proposing is that all means of getting extra attacks roll the same damage of weapon die + attribute bonus for every attack. What I'm asking is what's the best way to balance that? Should we modify the weapon die to reflect extra attacks? Should we apply a flat damage penalty for attacking multiple times within a single attack? If neither of those, what else could we do?