So I will prepare the stage. We are a group of 4, currently level 8, with an allied NPC. In our recent encounter, we came across the following:
- ~ 20 "Minions" (<35 HP, +4 Hits)
- 1 Winter Wolf (75 HP, +5 Hits)
- 3 cruel wolves (37 HP, +6 Hits)
- 1 modified Huskarl (<105 HP, +7 Hits)
- 1 druid (~ 40 HP)
All these enemies, except Druids, have received at least 2 attacks. About half of the minions had a harpoon attack, which they caught on hit, so we were held pretty well.
Remember, this was narrated to be a "challenging" encounter. It was set up as a raid camp for which we were far inferior in numbers. But every encounter is narrative designed to be a challenge. So, if the norm is something we should not beat, it feels a bit inappropriate. If the smart answer is just to move away from history, it seems to me that we're failing.
Am I overreacting or was this fight a bit tough? We won that one, but I also lost track of the number of attacks that failed DM criticism, and he almost always rolled minuscule damage. I have only really experience with this DM and it has always been like this. I just want to know if this kind of setup (about 820 hp for looping, 26 mooks with 35 hp, etc.) is a good way to set up an encounter, or if it's just deliberately difficult, for the sake of difficulty.