I was just playing some Pillars today, I rolled my first Rogue PC last week, and just went through the encounters with the wurms and Xuarips on -redacted-. I was playing with a full six character party, as I usually do, though I have done solo play and four man parties for fun.
It was so satisfying to have all six members contributing and synergizing. Front line was Kana, he was positioned to both reach my back line with his Sure Handed Ila chant and the enemy with Come, Come Soft Winds of Death while also being positioned to blast the large group of enemies with his "at the sound of his voice the killers froze stiff" invocation.
Pallegina, who has by far the highest defenses of the party already at level 6 was in the middle lead, and she came out of stealth first, essentially yelling at the enemy to target her.
Eder was off to the other side, shooting with his pistol until the host of enemies were cut down some and he could wade in with his melee weapons and start knocking down the last enemies.
Aloth was in the back and led off with Chill Fog, blinding and hurting the host as they tried to get at my party, making it much harder for them to hit us and much quicker to tear them down. His soul bound scepter also slowly carved them up with his blast talent and dangerous implement modal.
My rogue is an interrupter with a bow and interfered with the Xaurip Champions that made it to my front line. He also dealt the odd blind or hobble effect where necessary.
And finally Durance was there to condemn the enemy, weakening them, dazing them, providing healing to the party and taking opportune shots with his arquebus.
On PotD we made short work of both large parties on the level many of you can probably guess. It felt very satisfying to have all party members working together like this, complimenting each other. It felt very tactical.
In Deadfire we'll have one less component to play with in this tactical dance. Just the idea of it feels limiting. I don't know what design lesson they think they're learning here from Pillars 1 that made them make this change but I am highly skeptical.
Maybe I should just be happy they didn't go down to four.
Edited by Mygaffer, 07 October 2017 - 10:48 AM.