Kain Darkwind wrote:
I disagree. They readied on him, he didn't trick them into readying on him. Also, it appears he did have a spell to cast, he simply observed the obvious trigger and chose, logically, to not trigger it. If they don't ready on him (like they do the next round), he casts the spell.
That's not Bluff so much as reacting logically to your foes' actions. Now, from a DM standpoint, you can adjust this to not be quite so obvious. The twitchy one, for instance, readies an action to fire if he moves at all (takes a move or standard action). The one who wants to time his shot right holds off and triggers on a spell cast. The fair minded one triggers on 'takes a hostile action'.
Now, if the wizard casts a spell, these all go off. If the wizard charges his foe, only two get shots off. If the wizard drinks a potion, Twitchy fires.
This probably isn't how I'd run it the first time though, but with experienced players (ala Sean), absolutely. The varied triggers adds potential for RP/personality development, and also keeps a tactic from being too overpowered while still providing it with some point (you still suck up one and possibly two people's rounds, all three if you just stand there).
We're mostly on the same page, and if it was a tactic that was used constantly, I'd get more aggressive about how I had foes ready actions to be more dangerous. That said, generally the first time you try something I'm pretty inclined to let it work fairly well (or in this case, very well) because I appreciate seeing new tactics and strategies used.