Play as monsters and keeping it balanced in 4E dnd

edited November 2012 in General Archive
The wizard in my game has had an accident and is trapped inside his orb. for the time being, he has the stats of a Brain in a Jar from the Open Grave book. I mainly focus on story and roleplaying, so balance isn`t really that big of a deal to me, but do I need to alter anything if I want to keep it balanced?

In a previous game i ran that I never got to finish, one of the players was behind all the goings on and was supposed to team up with the monsters in the final climax. How would I balance it so there was a 50/50 chance who would win?

Can I take a monster straight out of the mm and let a player run it straight out of the book, ifthe player doesn`t want to pick and choose powers and all that goes in to characyer building and keep track ow all the powers and feat? Can I with non or only minor and simple alterations keep it balanced somehow?

Basicaly all I`m asking is what a monster is worth compared to a player in terms of game mechanics. Is a standard, elite or solo monster the same as a player character of the same level or some levels bellow or above?


  • Pils
    Posts: 149

    In my game, when my players are playing NPC (or monsters, since it's the same thing in 4E), I use the Companion characters rules found in the "Dungeon Master's Guide 2": : they are similar to a PC in term of hit point for example (monsters have many hp compared to a PC!), but they have fewer powers, are more "simple" to play, but are always balanced.

    You can find some of my companions characteristics "HERE": (it's in french, but it's very simple to understand the score. You could even go to the main page and check the translate icon to have the flavor text in almost understandable english.

    I hope it will help you.

    Face the Fire of the Dark Sun... a World ravaged by Sorcery!
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    Dark Sun ● La Décade des Héros : Face the Fire of the Dark Sun... a World ravaged by Sorcery! (CotM - Dec 2012)

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    (And I'm so soooorry for my poor english...)

  • ninjazombie42
    Posts: 57
    Thanks a lot man!:) And viva Dark Sun!
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