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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 3
04-24-2011, 10:49 PM
If you're going to have large battles which means friendly NPCs fighting with you, then I think it's unlikely to be considered a grind in any way. You don't get credit for kills by friendly NPCs.

In my opinion, you need to do something more with the mission than fight through waves of enemies, in any case. Fight through enemies, then plant a bomb, or have to complete some other objective. Maybe make it so that you can try to sneak through a back route rather than go in the front, but maybe that entails shutting down a force field generator at a slightly out of the way tower.

Basically if you put in the effort to make an engaging story, or at least some engaging actions you need to take, then it won't be considered a grind. Remember that many (almost all?) Cryptic missions are pretty combat heavy too, so you have to really push the limits to create a true grind.