In my group there a new recruit, a guy in his 20s who is playing RPGs for the very first time. He's enjoying it and his enthusiasm is good for the group. As a GM I've run into a slight problem however. I don't mind a bit of min/maxing and so on within reason as long as roleplaying is the focus. For this guy however combat and being the mightiest he can be seems to be the main pay-off. Twice now he has had characters killed by charging superior enemies on his own, and I can tell that it's getting frustrating for him. He has even complained about always being outgunned.
Now I have a long campaign planned where some enemies are simply too powerful for the group to tackle the first time they meet them (setting up for future encounters later in the story) and the majority of the group seems to be fine with the way things are going so far. The characters are still low level and admittedly I am stingy with magic items but that goes for the opponents too
How can I make the game enjoyable for everyone without either dumbing it down or pandering? Feel free to tell me if I have the wrong approach altogether; I genuinely want any input.
I have been giving some thought to cursed items in Pathfinder.
As a GM I find cursed items to be thoroughly uninteresting as they currently stand. So what if a character gets -2 to hit or changes alignment? As soon as they notice the issue they go off and get a remove curse and that's it. Using Geas as a curse is better but maybe a bit heavy handed.
I've been considering curses that use the GM as an unreliable narrator instead such as a ring of unwarranted optimism. "Yeah you can quite easily jump to the next roof" "He actually looks quite scrawny for a barbarian" Perhaps a girdle of unwanted affection? Maybe these could be combined with a positive effect that would make a character at least consider if it's worth using them, say a +2 bonus to charisma for the girdle or perhaps an AC bonus for the ring. Comments? Suggestions?
If the PC is wise enough to recognize this, much like Elric was. He/she will find a way to break or control the curse.
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