Can I play with a party of 6?

Ultimaty
Level 4
11 months ago

Like in BG3, icewind Dale, etc.

In order to not disrupt the dialogue system, maybe make it so the extra 2 are "henchmen" or "pawns".

GeneralGonzo
Level 4
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11 months ago

No, you can´t !

In some missions there will join you one or two extra guys, which you can control a few battles long, having 6 guys at that moment.

Else....nope!

11 months ago

I like the the party of 4.

6 is too much. It starts to feel like a war band more than an adventuring party - a larger party also means larger groups of enemies, turning a skirmish into a battle ground. When the group is small each character is more important and impactful.

Redglyph
Level 14
11 months ago

Ouch. Last time I saw a discussion of party number in a forum, it went balistic with a lot of repetitive "I like 4!", "6 is better!", and so on. It took them 8 pages before stopping and creating the next same thread on the subject *winces*

Guilherme
Level 5
11 months ago

Did the developers actually mentioned something about party size officially ? 

Regardless of personal opinion, D&D campaigns I usually play are 4-6 players.

This gives the freedom to go : Tank, Healer, Wizard, Rogue and finish he party to your liking with whatever, an extra tank and damage dealer like a barbarian and a Bard for extra support.


Redglyph
Level 14
11 months ago

Did the developers actually mentioned something about party size officially ? 

Regardless of personal opinion, D&D campaigns I usually play are 4-6 players.

This gives the freedom to go : Tank, Healer, Wizard, Rogue and finish he party to your liking with whatever, an extra tank and damage dealer like a barbarian and a Bard for extra support.


They did, in the Q&A, it's fixed to 4 characters, though there are occasionally more (see below). The temporary party members offer less control by the user, for exemple you can't see their inventory, or they usually can't switch weapon.

It seems also to be 4 and not fewer, since they use the character as way to select the answer in the dialogs - the only part I really dislike in Solasta since it doesn't make much sense, and limits any possibility of more answers.


Q23: Will the party size be limited to 4 characters or will you be able to increase party size? (Like by persuading NPCs or hiring mercenaries)

Myzzrym: The main party will be limited to 4, but there will be occasional quests where you might have NPC(s) accompanying you - still, you'll spend most of the game as a party of 4 characters, there won't be any permanent followers


Guilherme
Level 5
11 months ago

Did the developers actually mentioned something about party size officially ? 

Regardless of personal opinion, D&D campaigns I usually play are 4-6 players.

This gives the freedom to go : Tank, Healer, Wizard, Rogue and finish he party to your liking with whatever, an extra tank and damage dealer like a barbarian and a Bard for extra support.


They did, in the Q&A, it's fixed to 4 characters, though there are occasionally more (see below). The temporary party members offer less control by the user, for exemple you can't see their inventory, or they usually can't switch weapon.

It seems also to be 4 and not fewer, since they use the character as way to select the answer in the dialogs - the only part I really dislike in Solasta since it doesn't make much sense, and limits any possibility of more answers.


Q23: Will the party size be limited to 4 characters or will you be able to increase party size? (Like by persuading NPCs or hiring mercenaries)

Myzzrym: The main party will be limited to 4, but there will be occasional quests where you might have NPC(s) accompanying you - still, you'll spend most of the game as a party of 4 characters, there won't be any permanent followers

Oh, now that, sucks. It's the only major letdown i've seen so far in this amazing game.

If they really want to stay true to d&d, they should now partys usually have more than 4 members !

David Kalber
Level 4
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11 months ago

I will say that although party sizes in practice typically have more players then 4 since it can be hard to find a good campaign and no one wants to be left out, most D&D is balanced for 4 players.  Its painfully apparent in Adventure paths and Hard Cover books when your6-7 players stomp over encounters and often the DMs like myself have to boost the encounters to make it challenging.  If I remember correctly, in the Monster Manual/DMG they mention the CR represents what level 4 character should be to challenge one of them (I may have the number's wrong).

I know the Devs said they balanced Solasta for 4 characters so it may throw things out of whack BUT I do have one possible balance option.  Like in old games such as Baulder's Gate and  Icewind Dale, you could have 6 players but since the xp was divide 6 ways you leveled slower then if you had 4.  If Solasta divided the XP based on the number of characters, they could balance the action economy gains of 6 players by making them all a level or two lower then they normally would be at that point.

I am not sure if that is feasible but its likely the best way not to rofl stomp the fights.

the_glimpse
Level 10
11 months ago

Ironically, one of the groups I run D&D for is 4 players, another is 6.

The 4 seem more cohesive and get things done better than the 6 and much faster.

If Solasta truly wanted to be like a real D&D game, 2 of the party members would show up late, and 1 would forget it was the day they played. 


-Glimpse

11 months ago

@the_glimpse

If Solasta truly wanted to be like a real D&D game, 2 of the party members would show up late, and 1 would forget it was the day they played.“

That is actually a brilliant idea (for another game) - a game where you play a party of DnD players, playing a DnD session :)


the_glimpse
Level 10
11 months ago

Have you ever seen the film series The Gamers, specifically Gamers II: Dorkness Rising? It's free on Youtube. If you've played any amount of D&D you know someone who is one of those players. 


-Glimpse