Balancing the Books

There is a budget for an adventuring day: an expected number of encounters and a challenge for each encounter, with a projected amount of experience that can be earned between long rests. Of course, a Dungeon Master can freely choose to go “over budget”, as they have the freedom to bend the rules. But if this was not the case…

When you think about it, going over budget in an encounter or in an adventuring day is a form of fudging. The DM is altering the assumed rules for their own benefit, making the game more challenging for the players. But that form of playing fast-and-loose with the rules gets a lot less attention that tweaking dice rolls.