I've been DM'ing a little lately 4 edition D&D and of course I'm confused again:
My first adventure was a big question mark, I didn't use the exact guidelines for creating an encounter and sometimes it was frightening that some monster could dish out so much punishment to lvl1 characters like Lvl1 Goblin Warrior or Blackblade.
Is the monster manual balanced and I should just use all the monsters and only look on their lvl. Because such pushovers as goblins they seem pretty tough for lvl1 characters.
Human warrior – no absurd optimization just a typical fighter with a big sword:
Str 18 Con 15 Dex 12 Int 11 Wis 11 Cha 10 HP 22 Feat Toughness Feat Action Surge AC 17 (Scale Mail Armor) Weapon 1d10 + 3 (great sword) Attack roll +7
And his opponent is:
Goblin Warrior lvl1 skirmisher (he's not even a brute)
HP29 AC16 Dmg 1d8 +2 and with 'great position' with javelin 1d6 + 2 + 1d6 Attack roll +6
Cutting this short should I tone down all monsters from Monster Manual 1?
I found some rules in UpdateDMG1, and using their formula this Goblin would be something like this:
HP 17 AC 15 Other Def 13 Attack roll +6 Dmg 1d8 + 4
I really am getting tired of over analyzing all monster statistics.