Friday, April 9, 2010

Arena Battle!

Last night I was hanging out with a couple of members of my Friday D&D Group, and we were talking about our characters a little, when a crazy idea came to us: Let's fight each other.

My goal was to crush my friend's Bullywug Swordmage with my Minotaur. We did a one-on-one, no holds barred fight to the death in a large room. We decided on some rules beforehand, like the allowance of action points and daily powers, etc.

Within the first round I used both of my daily powers and bloodied Jeremiah the Bullfrog. After that he used his Agus of Shielding and no matter what attacks I was landing, I was usually doing around 2 points of damage. In a surprise comeback, Jeremiah almost defeated Fisteron, and were it not for the Minotaur Ferocity racial power, the win would have gone to the Bullywug.

All in all, it was a hilarious fight. I thought I'd share it with you because, to me, RPGs are all about fun, and this was dang fun. I can see how it could cause some contention with players who don't get along, or sensitive characters, but I strongly suggest doing things like this in between sessions to let players explore their characters' weaknesses and strengths.

We might do this more in our group, 1-on-1 or in teams. We might even start making characters specifically for arena fighting. Maybe instead of just fighting we could incorporate skill check competitions or races. American Gladiators anyone?

Let me know what you think in the comments!


  1. How did the Swordmage's Aegis of shielding make any noticable difference, as it only operates when the target makes an attack against something other than you; in a 1 on 1 it shouldn't even come into it.

  2. Oh my goodness you are right! I don't have a Forgotten Realms book and he must have just misread it. Wow, that should have been a much shorter fight!