I know that rituals have some design issues. In fact, I have blogged about them in the past. Despite these issues, I like rituals. They are necessary to give the “primary spell-casters” an old-school feel.
The first character I played in 4E D&D was a 16th level Divine Oracle Cleric. He was a converted 3E character, so I loaded him up with as many rituals I could afford. While I only got to play a few sessions with him, he gained a reputation as a regular ritual user.
I also recently had an opportunity to play a 2nd level Wizard. While my choices were far more limited, I chose my rituals carefully and made sure I had enough reagents on hand to cast them as necessary.
Our current 4E game at the Lords of Tyr is the Scales of War game. Our group contains a wizard, a cleric, a druid, and a bard. All of these classes get the Ritual Caster feat and some rituals for free. A couple of them, namely the druid and the bard, even get to cast some rituals without expending the component cost.
No one has cast a ritual in the game yet.
I find this fascinating because I was always looking for the opportunity to use my rituals. Granted, the game is pretty low level still, with the group just having reached 2nd level last session. Nevertheless, I would have expected someone to cast at least one ritual by now!
From what I have read, underutilization of rituals seems pretty common in 4E D&D games. So how common is ritual use in your games? Do you use any house rules to encourage their use? Do you agree that rituals are a useful part of the 4E rules, or do you feel they are just tacked on garbage?
I would love to hear your opinion.
PS – To my fellow Lords (and Lady) of Tyr: Vala, Niles, Tuldil’el, and Hurricane. What rituals do your characters currently have? Have there ever been any points where you have considered casting them in the game so far? Do you have the proper components to cast them? Or do you have to wait till we cash in at town? Just curious.