I´ve already talked about this topic quite a while ago, but after doing both options of A. Talking Mardracht out of Fighting and B. Fighting Mardracht I need to talk about it again.
Please stop rewarding murder hobos.
If I do A:
- I dont have to fight him (arguably an upside?)
If I do B:
- I get a LOT of experience (about 1/4 from level 5 to 6)
- I get gold from the loot of all the enemies (armour, weapons etc. which is worth at least some gold)
- I get to search his private room where I find more loot and some lore
Now dont get me wrong, it is absolutely realistic that I dont get the loot from their bodies if I dont fight them and that I cant loot his private room. Maybe even that I get less experience (even so if I remember correctly the dmg says to give exp for "overcoming" a combat, so IMO I should get exactly the same exp as if I were fighting him).
...you need to have some kind of Reward for the people that talk their way out of things.
If its a fight that leads up to the boss, not having to fight is totally an upside because you dont spend resources which you might need later.
But even then there should be another incentive and this just gets even more important if it IS the final boss of a dungeon.
What I would change:
-Give the Combat exp not matter if I fought the enemy, or talked my way out of it.
-Give some other kind of reward for not fighting.
Atm the "murder hobos" get: More Gold, more items AND more information.
Maybe make it so that if I talked to him, I can also go into his private room, but instead of looting it, I can talk to him and he gives me more information or even is like "here I hid this item in a super secret place where you wouldve never found it if you killed me, I want to give it to you to aid you in your quests" of course this is super cheesy but currently, talking your way out of any combat feels punishing (this might not be a big problem now, since the game is rather easy in EA, but if there are difficulty settings later, I really dont want to have the situation were I practically screw my self over if I´m not an absolute killer)
Miles to go before I sleep