Last night the Monday Night Group got together for their 10th adventure into the 5E adventure of Phandelver. Most of you have been through that adventure are probably scratching your head why its taking so long to complete it....we had issues man. The initial goblin ambushes and cave showed us how deadly 5E could be. I don't ever remember having surprise being such a huge advantage.
Last night we had an interesting session because not only did we have a plan going in, we also devised an escape plan and rally point. What? I know, we got our forward thinking caps on.
The deal was we were approaching a goblin/orc fortification. It was in bad shape structurally as the GM pointed out, but our party focused on the stone walls didn't matter as much as the number of the enemy inside. We were there to save the dwarf. The dwarf that hired us in the first session. Took us a little while to get around to this part.
We stealthed our way in. We were able to take a chuck of foes without being detected. We agreed to leave the noisy loot behind until it was tie to run. All went well until the ceiling collapsed on our ranger. Then it hell broke loose, but instead of sticking around and being heroes. We used our escape plan and it worked very well. The GM got to use his Chase cards and we got out unscathed.
Until I had watch. My not-so-perceptive rogue was attached by a trio of stirges. Remember how I mentioned surprise was a huge advantage in a fight. Well, the three stirges would have had my rogue taking a dirt nap if it hadn't been for a bless amulet I'd been wearing. I was conscious enough to yell.
The mage in our party didn't like being disturbed and sat up long enough to tell me to shut-up, cast sleep on the stirges then he immediately fell back into his trance.
I don't think three stirges would have been so deadly to a 3rd level rogue/thief in other systems. Except the original where death is always one roll away.