- To War! - the horde cried.
- Our lands have been taken from us, our game is being killed and our people starves! - Gruumsh voice was heard as thunder from the Sky - Who will be chieftain that will take back what is ours! Who!!???
To those brave enough to answer Gruumsh call, the purpose of this thread (like the others in this series) is to share strategies to effectively use the monster strengths, ultimate goal is present the PCs with a good and enjoyable challenge.
Mmmm. Yes. Only way be sure.
In 3.5, Reach weapons sound like they would be downright hilarious with all the AoOs the party would provoke every turn moving into attack position. Gotta drag myself to the store and get a copy of 4E to see if that would still work...
However... You are asking for an area effect spell at that point.
Therefore, break your group into boxes of four. With reach they can give the party Hell, but not be such a target for area effect spells.
Actually, I was thinking of more of a dispersed unit than a phalanx. Not only are orcs not that disciplined, but it WOULD protect you from AoE. You got your orcs all dispersed, perhaps with Combat Reflexes and 12 or 14 dex, and might have two PCs in their threatened area to thwack. Good times, good times... Quite the melee though...
As team, they will know the advantages of flanking, taking down first the spell caster, reach weapons, ambush, etc.