Creature Takes How Much Damage on a Miss?

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Found a neat little critter in the Adventure Tools, but I'm not sure how it's supposed to work by RAW. I think I can guess at RAI, but I'd rather be safe than sorry.

The creature power says, "Burst 1, Deal x damage. Miss: Creature takes y damage."

A power like this makes me think RAI is suppose to be, "Misses all targets: Creature takes y damage." But I can also see an argument, for the way it's worded, for it to read, "Miss: Creature takes y damage for each target in the burst missed."

(I'm not using the creature's name because I'm going to drop this in tomorrow's game, if I can get a ruling, and my players sometimes visit the forums. Don't want to spoil them before they see it on the table.)
58286228 wrote:
As a DM, I find it easier to just punish the players no matter what they pick, as I assume they will pick stuff that is broken. I mean, fight after fight they kill all the monsters without getting killed themselves! What sort of a game is this, anyway?
Takes damage for each miss. That is the RAW. Not sure why you'd think it was anything else.
So in other words, each creature that is missed takes y damage.
I realize I failed to be properly explicit. My fault for using the word "creature." Let me attempt this a second time.


Creature A's power says, "Burst 1, Deal x damage [understood: to enemy targets in burst - RI]. Miss: Creature A takes y damage [understood: enemy targets take 0 damage - RI]."
58286228 wrote:
As a DM, I find it easier to just punish the players no matter what they pick, as I assume they will pick stuff that is broken. I mean, fight after fight they kill all the monsters without getting killed themselves! What sort of a game is this, anyway?
So that would be cumulative damage, then. Each time the power misses, the attacker would take y damage. I misunderstood both the question and the reply. Woops.
Which monster it is ?

Yan
Montréal, Canada
@Plaguescarred on twitter

I understood you the first time. The monster takes damage each time it misses.

@Plague: He doesn't want to say, so I won't say it either...
I'm curious now Wink

Yan
Montréal, Canada
@Plaguescarred on twitter

Lesser Berbalang, for anyone still curious that did not figure it out on their own.
58286228 wrote:
As a DM, I find it easier to just punish the players no matter what they pick, as I assume they will pick stuff that is broken. I mean, fight after fight they kill all the monsters without getting killed themselves! What sort of a game is this, anyway?
Ha here it is!  Thanks Rood.Inverse

Yan
Montréal, Canada
@Plaguescarred on twitter

As a non-rules answer, I would highly recommend rewriting Sacrifice so that the self-damage is 15 per use, rather than 15 per target.  2d8+5 is 14 average damage, which is only slightly below the 15 damage that the creature inflicts to itself for every target it attacks - hit or miss.  That's simply too much self-damage, and no reasonably intelligent berbalang (this one has 14 Int, so plenty enough) would ever use the power if it worked according to its RAW.

The berbalang should be rewarded for hitting a bunch of targets with Sacrifice, to the point where it is a good tactic to send a duplicate into the middle of enemies and then explode it.

It'd also probably be a good idea to indicate that the duplicate is destroyed in the process.  It seems that all duplicates are destroyed when you choose one for Sacrifice, and that's probably not the intent.


All in all a fun monster, but probably better if you make some slight adjustments.  The responses in this thread are correct as far as how the RAW tells you to run it, however.
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I agree with Mand, it seems clear the RAI is that the Hit or Miss: Berbalang takes X damage part of sacrifice should simply be an "Effect" which would apply once regardless of any number of hits or misses.
  Especially when you consider it must spend 25% of its HP to create a duplicate and as written, if Sacrifice  hits 4-5 targets it would lose about another 20-25% of its hit points.