How to run a raid!

How to run a raid!

Get in, do the job, get out! The three stages of a raid sound so simple; but how often does it go that way?
 
Parties are often tempted by a straightforward raid. The ensuing surprises and missteps are what RP legends are made of! They neatly form the basis for a 3 session adventure.
 
 
Getting In: This should always be a challenge.  Stealth, bluff or illusion may be options but can the whole party carry this off?  Plan for more than one entry point to avoid railroading.
 
Give your players a dynamic situation, a good map, then let them pick an approach.
 
Think about who is going in/out of the target location, patrol patterns and have a selection of stats to hand for encounters.
 
 
Do The Job: There’s Plan A (nicely predicted by the players) then there’s What Actually Happens. Building tension and challenge is important without overwhelming the party.
 
Experienced players can cope with big surprises such as: unexpected layout changes, ambushes, loss of covertness etc. 
 
For newer players, keep it more simple with unexpected blocked accesses, booby traps & unplanned-for-guards.
 
The aim is to encourage problem solving and adaptation. Setting a Real World time limit for the operation forces decisiveness rather than debate. A counting down timer is a great motivator
 
 
Get Out: Rarely straightforward, getting out is difficult.  The route in might no longer be available.
 
Pursuit or a higher alert level are to be expected.  The Boss might also put in an appearance.  This could be your main combat session if your players like a good dust-up.
 
If they got caught last session, the party may need to break out of a brig as the first stage in the process. The GM can create optional alternate escape routes in the event things go badly wrong.
 
It’s worth providing plenty of hiding points/cover to allow players to think their way out of trouble.
 
A well-balanced raid affords good XP and bragging rights.  If you have any raid stories of your own to share, we’d love to hear them on the Scabard Facebook community page.
 
Happy Gaming,
-Stolph
 
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