"Pacifist" runs have been discussed a few other places, but I haven't seen this concept pushed to its limit through the whole saga, so I'm in the middle of a playthrough where I try to have my solo PC, Esperanza, kill the absolute minimum possible number of creatures. That can be a fuzzy concept, so here are the rules I've been using:
Kills count if they are done by:
- Esperanza (obviously)
- Her summons
- Creatures she charmed/confused/etc.
- Traps she set
...but not if they're done by creatures she doesn't control, as long as:
- She didn't directly summon them (no Gate, for example)
- She doesn't participate in the battle
Also, I didn't count it as a kill if she got one of her own summons killed by sending it into a fight. I might have done this differently if it had occurred to me earlier.
For the record, I didn't worry one whit about metagaming or reloading. Real talk, there were a lot of reloads.
I just started ToB, but I'll start posting brief summaries of how it's gone so far. I'd be happy to give more details and really interested to hear if anyone has ideas on how to get fewer kills.
Esperanza is a Gnome Illusionist Thief, initial stats 18,18,16,18,4,14. Core rules.