Quote Originally Posted by Dublock View Post
There are a few things I won't mind or want from 3.5E, building encounters is NOt one of them. They need to burn all that material and forget that it ever existed when compared to 4E. That is one of the best features of 4E over 3.5 in my personal opinion.
The 3.X CR system was completely broken. Instead of ignoring it, they should learn from it as a bad example.

About the rat...

I know personally I will grab some form of a stick (broom, base ball bat, my walking cane, etc) and proceed to kill the thing.

If there were multiple rats, then I would be closing the door and seeking for help. One? I think I could take it.
Multiple rats wouldn't stop me from trying, it's my bloody house. They'd just end up killing me.