So, we finally started my year-in-the-making campaign last week. Feedback was generally positive, and we got plenty done in the session, which was a nice change from some of the crunchier games we play. We have, however, already come across a rules question, and I think it's a bit of a grey area. I'm happy enough to make my own call, and already have adjusted things to suit my preferences, but it would be good to know how others approach this so I have some guidance.
We had 2 random encounters in the sesion. I pre-roll encounters so I can jump right into them. The first was a band of orcs returning from raiding a hamlet, romping through the forest with their goods. I had rolled mutual awareness, but because the forest was thick, they heard each other before they saw each other. Upon hearing a large group of beings grunting in a langauge they didn't know, the players sensibly elected to hide in the brush. The orcs stopped and looked around, having heard a sound, but were distracted by each other and were in large enough numbers that they didn't feel threatened, so they shrugged and continued on.
The second encounter the players stumbled onto a group of goblins hunting a boar. Both groups were deer in the headlights when they spotted each other, until the party's high Charisma cleric started using crude sign language (beastmen don't speak English/Common in my setting) to indicate they should all hunt the boar together. I made a reaction roll and with modifier came up 13 on 2d6, so I decided the goblins were cooperative. After killing the boar the PCs took a share of the meat and went on their way.
My question to you all is with reference to ACKS Core Book Pg 114:
"All defeated monsters (either outsmarted, captured, or killed) grant XP..."
Should the players have earned XP for these actions. I'm fairly satisfied that they earned their XP in the second encounter with the goblins, as they avoided the danger through intelligent play. The orcs, however, well, if I grant XP for hiding in the bushes, I can see that happening an awful lot, and that doesn't sit quite right.
I would very much welcome thoughts on the matter.