How do you make fights more enjoyable? I'm DMing 7 players, unfortunately, and it seems they're having fun but the fights can get a bit arduous. So far I've instated a 10 second rule on making moves in combat so they're required to plan ahead, and I've had them fight giants that can do damage to multiple people in a single swipe, but things still get boring. I'm also boosting HP a lot to give their opponents a fighting chance to actually damage a few of them, but that drags it out as well...
I’ve played in games with that many people. I’m not sure if its even possible to make it fun the whole time. (Don’t get me wrong, I had a blast, but having only 4 or 5 people is so much more fun) You’re only one person, theres only so much you can do. Even if you throw in cool mechanics, monsters, etc. people are still going to wait 6+ minutes to take a turn. If you can, maybe get a second DM to help timing? You can split the party into two for the same fight. You could try making your monsters do more damage but die easier. I have no problem fudging my rules as long as I’m not murdering my players. It just makes fights more fair for the players or monsters, or makes them shorter or longer if they need to be.
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