I’ve recently started a gaming group. Out of lack of DMs I became one. The problem I’m having is that the group of 6 players I’m leading through a Neinter Vale campaign, is that they seem to be OP as hell. Despite my best efforts, there doesn’t (IMO) seem to be any real sense of danger (a KEY ingredient for a fun adventure). At level 1 they “one shot” a lvl 1Dragon, lvl 2 one shot a lvl 3 dragon (lol the tank didn’t even get a chance to hit the thing). The players are having a blast, which is great. But the thing is I prepared for almost 12 hours on the lvl 3 Dragon encounter with the intention of actually challenging the players with a dangerous situation but they breezed right through it.
I adjusted and tied the dragons together made them the offspring of Bitterstrike (for story content) and sent an older brother a lvl 6 White dragon (which I crated using the DNDi tools woot!). Finally they got a challenge. After a grueling fight, one that had the healer doing nothing but constantly keeping the party alive they were successful. Here is the thing. Is this the way the game was intended to be played at lower lvls? I mean this party(at level 2 this time) of 6, killed a lvl 6 Dragon. Is my group too big for the same lvl content? I’m constantly throwing a good +5 mobs at them seemingly like almost every encounter. And they always breeze through it. I had to throw something 4 lvls higher than them just to make them break a sweat.
Do I need to increase the lvl of every monster they face by 2 or 3 lvls? Is it a game balance thing that will take care of itself at higher lvls? I had them all make their characters using the character creator on the website, does it allow for too much character power? Should I come up with other ways to challenge them (ie make them take on greater numbers)? Or am I being paranoid and should just be relishing in the fact that they love playing so much that they are trying to arrange it so that we can game 2 nights a week instead of 1? LOL I don’t know. This is my first time being a DM. Help me out here.