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Balancing Encounters: Descent into Avernus


Instantly customize battles to perfectly challenge your players, assess your party's power and effectiveness, add thematically appropriate monsters to any encounter, and make every combat an enjoyable challenge with Balancing Encounters: Descent into Avernus!

D&D encounters have a sweet spot, that perfect middle ground between ease and difficulty to maximize player satisfaction. Ideally, a DM should provide the tension of possible defeat in combat without demoralizing frustration, as well as hope for success in the face of meaningful obstacles.

Of course, groups can change, and the characters within them definitely will, and especially in public play at a convention or game store, it can be hard for DMs to consistently adjust battles on the fly and maintain the right level of challenge... That's why we've done the work for you!

Balanced Encounters: Descent into Avernus re-edits each encounter in this campaign of diabolical dangers to offer a spectrum of nine levels of difficulty-- Ultimate, Very Very Strong, Very Strong, Strong, Average, Weak, Very Weak, Very Very Weak, and Feeble-- and provides guidance for determining which one will suit your table best.

From trios of new players learning the game to large groups of veteran adventurers navigating hellish new challenges, this 50+ page document provides methods for gauging the power of a party of adventurers and adapting every combat scenario to their level of prowess. Even DMs experienced in altering adventures during play will find this product useful in speeding up that process and providing a starting point for improvisation!

This product adapts and expands the structure used to balance encounters in D&D Adventurer's League, but with a full explanation, so no familiarity with any Organized Play program is necessary. The thematically appropriate encounter changes described here are equally useful in AL or non-AL games.

Instantly improve your campaign across Baldur's Gate, the hells, and beyond with a quick download of Balanced Encounters: Descent into Avernus!

If you love this product, or if you think it could be improved, please leave a review, star-rating, or comment-- all input is read and considered, and could show up in a future revision!

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