Encounter Difficulty

To estimate the difficulty of a combat encounter, you can add up the threat ratings (see Monsters & Treasures) of every combatant on each side and compare the two sums:

  • If the heroes' threat rating sum exceeds the threat rating sum of their adversaries by more than 20%, the battle will be easy for the heroes.

  • If both sides are equally threatening, the battle will be a moderate challenge for the heroes. A hero might drop to 0 hit points.

  • If the adversaries' threat rating sum exceeds the heroes' threat rating sum by more than 20%, the heroes are likely to be routed!

Determining Threat: The threat rating of a monster is included in its description. The threat rating of a hero equals the hero's hit point maximum (minus the Hardy (1 SP) feat).