DMing Encounters

Encounter tables are created before play begins. During a game session, the DM has to take the information he has put into the encounter tables and bring it to life.

To use an encounter table and run an encounter, the DM needs to know several things: How often should he check for encounters? What is encountered? How many creatures are there? How far away are they? Did they surprise, or were they surprised by, the characters? What will the encountered group do? The rules below tell you how to answer these questions.

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