Why have At-Will powers?
by, 03-28-2009 at 07:00 AM (4244 Views)
I'm starting to think that At-Will exploits should have been Encounter exploits or something else. Why? because a basic melee attack and basic ranged attacks should have been At-Will exploits. As it is, there is little reason to use one or the other of these unless you lack either ranged or melee exploits. Take my Warlord character for example, there is no reason to use his basic melee attack because he has three At-Will exploits that do the same thing, plus a little extra. So why would you ever bother to make a boring old basic attack? Well, other than as a free action or an opportunity attack. Why not just simplify and give each class some type of combat bonus, an extra feat or something and skip the At-Will stuff?
This was all brought on by Encounter A10: The Stewards Lair and the fact that the main protagonist of the encounter, Helarr the Hobgoblin Ranger, has two attacks each turn because of his exploits. Why would such a character ever use a normal attack (or take a different exploit for that matter)? I'd wager money that this encounter as I have it written would end in a TPK or near TPK. Helarr has the potential to kill one 1st level PC each turn. Toss in the two Rage Drakes and it's really going to get ugly, but I digress.
The Twin Strike power I think ought to have been dropped and replaced with exploits like Fient (+1 to attack), Off-hand Attack (twin strike), Guarding Blade (+1 to AC) that were minor actions. You could still do a twin strike but at least this way they would count as an extra action, even if it is a minor one, instead of just a single standard action. Not to mention it would have been a little more versatile and interesting than "I stab him twice" and "okay I stab him twice again". Then of course you would have to come up with something for the Archer Rangers. Maybe something like; I Aim Real Good and Hard, Shooting Below the Belt (or maybe Cheap Shot), or Indiscriminate Shot (guaranteed to hit someone, maybe even your friends).
I dunno, just makes me wonder.