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XP for traps

Posted: Thu May 09, 2019 8:02 am
by Greyblade
Hi all,

Simple question : do you allow XP gain for traps? If you do, is it the rogue earning the xp or the whole group?

Let me know how you do it, as in vanilla there doesn't appear to be any xp gain for whenever the group finds and disarms a trap

Have a good day

Re: XP for traps

Posted: Thu May 09, 2019 11:25 am
by Captain_K
If I did experience, yes.. they have done something and they learned... at least those that did contribute.

Re: XP for traps

Posted: Thu May 09, 2019 2:48 pm
by Go0gleplex
I'm too lazy to check this morning, but if I remember right; the CKG section on traps has XP values for many of the common ones. That can give you a feel for appropriate XP on traps of your own creation. I generally give between 100 and 500 XP depending on lethality, difficulty in discovery/disarming, and situational conditions around it. Not sure if there is an actual formula for things.

Re: XP for traps

Posted: Thu May 09, 2019 3:48 pm
by Greyblade
I checked the CKG, indeed it gives a CL for each trap described, and gives you overall rules to design and CL your own traps.

So yeah, I guess it gives a measure of XP to be given to PCs when they find & disarm a trap

Re: XP for traps

Posted: Mon May 13, 2019 1:19 am
by Telhawk
I have the CKG - haven't checked yet, but just as a pure concept question: Yeah, I'd say handing out xp for successful find/disarm traps rolls, pretty much whatever the situation, demands its own reward. Rogues get little enough chance for meaningful, direct involvement in a game situations, especially in scraps - remove oneself from the said scrap, hide in shadows/move silently, jump down from trees ninja-style and kill people with backstab X2, 3, 4, whatever, rinse and repeat - and utilizing find/remove traps in a non-scrap situation is pretty much a pure rogue-application scenario where the other character classes will be standing around polishing their spectacles and waiting. There might be some ticking-clock aspects built in - find/disarm trap within two rounds or your group is toast as the red dragon is rising from its lair - but overall, these skills are singular enough that I think anyone who decides to play a rogue should be rewarded for it.