An unfortunate roll on the urban encounters table lead to the party being tricked by a rakshasa and following him around on a merry chase as he impersonated, murdered, and replaced an NPC ally. I tried to warn them with some dialogue hints (and a brief, pre-murder encounter with the real NPC) but they weren't biting.When he sprang his trap, I thought it was curtains for the party... they had no way to harm him with weapons or magic. Luckily, Georges, our resident spoony bard, had haste prepared, and the party was able to flee from the monster.
Oh, did I mention that old school monks, who cannot be hasted, still have an obscene movement rate? I can see why that feature of the class might cause some concern amongst those I have seen criticize the monk, but I am far from turned off to the class at this point.
My question is this... when you see the imminent doom of the player characters coming, but they clearly do not, how many of you follow through and how many try to throw the players a bone and give them the chance to save themselves? I was actually prepared to let the dice fall where they would, even though I am rather attached to the current locale of the campaign and the events occurring in and around it.