In the last game, the party druid dealt with a troll by turning into a giant constrictor snake and coiling about it and holding it immobile. I ruled this to be a reasonable creature from her homeland, and the “hold foe” move seemed reasonable. The next round I had the troll trying to bite the snake, but she used another hold to coil around its head and hold it. It didn’t seem reasonable to be able to escape a python through brute strength, so she just held the boss monster for the rest of the right. The other PCs cleaned up the goblins and then slew the helpless troll.
Now, that was a cool thing to do in that encounter. She was empowered and awesome. BUT… I don’t want her snake form to turn into an “I win” button every time they meet a troll, or an ogre, or a giant, or a minotaur…
I allowed her to establish the hold and then maintain it indefinitely. It is what snakes to after all. It also effectively put her out of the fight, but OTOH she defeated the boss so its worth it.
Any thoughts on handling this better? That is the first time she used it, so I don’t know it will be an ongoing problem… but I like to deal with problems before a precedent is set. On the other hand I do want her to be awesome so I don’t want to just nerf it. Just put reasonable limits on it.