Sound advice that bears repeating. But players will never learn. I speak from experience as a player on this one. Off goes the rogue and swordsage scouting ahead on their own. Next thing you know they're running back to camp with an entire orc warband in tow and the spell casters haven't gotten their daily spells back yet. That's how you get a party started!
Art from GIS for "monster ambush D&D"
Oh yeah, and quotes:
Orc: (( I have a kitty... itty bitty kitty! mew! ))
Makani: ((Congratulations you just did as much damage as a caltrop))
Makani: ((My name is not Mankini!))
Derfoom: ((Elan is not a good role model for a bard))
DM: (( rear guard... mankini... it's made to be! ))
The tendriculous shrivles up in a pile of burning leaf and ash
Derfoom: "It's true! It's true! More fire is the answer!"