This can’t be right. Can it?
One of the great mathematical mysteries of our time. My Gamer Girl, playing Kitaque, trying to throw a Heal spell while in the CR25 quest End of the Road on epic hard.
She rolls an 87. And fails! On an 87?
How can that be? 87!
Checking the wiki, the Concentration formula is:
10 + the amount of damage taken + spell level being cast.
She’d have needed to roll a 106? How does one even conceive rolling a 106? Is this just really another way to say “Concentration is useless on Epic”? I mean, 87 is not only not enough, it is nineteen points not enough? This means you’d essentially have to have quite a few more points in Concentration than you are taking in damage. An impossibility at Epic levels, and weird in a way too, that 90 point hit seems like a lot but it is only 14% of her hit points, this was by no means some sort of mortal blow. It’s a flesh wound.
Or is this working as it should? In first edition tabletop D&D, I don’t recall there being any chance to successfully cast when taking damage. It was why Melf’s Acid Arrow existed; to give you two or three rounds where the enemy caster was useless. Maybe Concentration is only supposed to protect you from minor hits, nicks and pock marks, glancing blows and incidental damage? Anything more than that should always interrupt your casting?
Is it even worth putting the 20 ranks into it if you aren’t a monk and don’t need it for Ki generation?
What do you think?
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