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Wordeee
Creature Challenge Rating

Hey guys,

i know there is a mathematical formula to all this. I wondering if someone

could break down a quick way to know generally how it works. Im wondering

for example a lvl 2 player what challenge rating they should be up against. A lvl 6 player

what challenge rating they should be facing. Just for dungeons and what not. Dont want the player

to have a cake walk experience, and dont want them to get annihilated either.  Lets base it on a 1v1 battle not a party.

thanks

 

Wordeee

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Proleric
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I understand this is the formula:

http://nwn.wikia.com/wiki/Challenge_rating

but are you looking for a rule of thumb?

NWN and DAO adventures at http://proleric.com/

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Wordeee

Ya a rule of thumb, great way to put it!

wordeee

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Aqvilinus

CR is responsible mostly for the amount of XP the player gets after killing that creature. It doesn't provide much info about actual strength of an individual creature. Balancing XP is a completely separate matter.

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Wordeee

Oh is that right? Good to know! Thx for that. Which leads me to the next question. Maybe ive just overlooked it or its not possible. Is there a way to set a creatures level?

It would make things much simpler if you could :)

 

Wordeee

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Aqvilinus

Of course, you can set manually both the level and CR. Try to look more closely at the creature blueprint properties, there must be corresponding rows.
Also, to make things easier, I would recommend you to use this toolset plugin:
https://neverwintervault.org/project/nwn2/other/grinning-fools-creature-...

One of its features: "Calculates challenge rating automatically".

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Wordeee

Thank you very much sir!

Youve been most helpful!

 

Wordeee

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Semper

CR is responsible mostly for the amount of XP the player gets after killing that creature. It doesn't provide much info about actual strength of an individual creature. Balancing XP is a completely separate matter.

the majority of creature blueprints are modeled after their official entry in the 3.5 monster manual, which is balanced against a party of 4 characters consisting of fighter, cleric, wizard and thief. it's therefore not completely true that the cr in nwn is hardly there for anything but xp distribution, especially in low level adventures. yes, xp is scaled with the cr rating but is also a good indicator for the creature's strength.

so if the cr equals the average party level of four characters to create a challenging encounter, a soloist should face an encounter of cr-3 to experience a comparable fight.

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Aqvilinus

Semper
That's why I wrote "mostly". If module creators set the CR correctly, yes, it's a good indicator, but that's the exception rather than the rule. There're many creature blueprints with incorrect CRs even in Obsidian's OCs (some with a CR = 0, some have a CR less than they are supposed to have).

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