As one of our Patrons so eloquently put it, “Seems this guy didn’t take the other comic’s advice on ‘minimum safe distance.'” Well observed! But even if it’s a good point, I am aghast that somebody actually learned something from this comic. I will endeavor to insert less substance and more scatalgical humor in future.

Anywhodles, what do you say we tackle that perpetual question: Who we gonna kill first? No doubt most of you will supply snarky answers to that little query down in the comments. But from my standpoint, it really is a fundamental question of tactics. When you’ve got a boss monster and a bunch of minions, what are you supposed to target? There are big nasty attacks coming from the boss, but the minions just keep on minioning unless you take ’em out quick. That damage really adds up over rounds! What the crap is the priority!?

As with so many things in this great hobby of ours, that’s a big fat, “It depends, Hoss.”

This is one area where you’ll have to keep your head on a swivel and play it by ear each and every time. If the boss in question is a thin-wristed caster, and if your mage-hunter monk bro can close the distance, then yeah. Go nuts. But by the same token, if you’re running around in 4e D&D and packs of literal 1-HP minions are nicely clustered, make with the fireball and clear the room. These two extremes are more obvious examples. For all the in-betweening, you’re going to have to decide for yourself.

Happily, there is at least one general rule that I think applies. Once you do know what to target, make sure you focus fire. There’s nothing that grinds my gears more than a gaggle of gamers targeting whatever, swinging wildly at this or that while bringing down no one. The goal is to weaken enemy forces, not to watch them all plop down at exactly the same time when their hit points all simultaneously run out!

That’s my stance anyway. But how about the rest of you guys? How do you decided an order of operations when it’s time for the killing to start? Hit us with your own personal butcher’s bill down in the comments!


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