Table 58:

Encounter Distance

Situation or Terrain

Range in Feet

Both groups surprised


One group surprised


No surprise:

Smoke or heavy fog


Jungle or dense forest

1d10 x 10

Light forest

2d6 x 10

Scrub, brush or bush

2d12 x 10

Grassland, little cover

5d10 x 10

Nighttime or dungeon

Limit of sight

In situations where no cover is possible, encounters will occur at the limit of vision unless special circumstances dictate otherwise.

While it is possible to spot another group at quite a distance, the characters or creatures may not be able to identify them immediately. The observation ranges given in the Player's Handbook may require creatures to close in order to make a positive identification.

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