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Special Slash Proposal


Author:

Tom Cantine

Time:

25.01.2003 07:09

Text:

I have never been comfortable with the RQ3 rule that while thrusting weapons impale on a special success, slashing and crushing weapons both simply do automatic knockback.

It makes sense that blunt weapons should do knockback on a special success, but surely there’s a bigger difference between a broadsword and a mace than 1 point of damage? After all, the whole point of a sword’s sharpness is to go THROUGH the target without slowing down, while a mace in contrast is intended to transmit as much of its momentum as possible into the target.

So, I propose the following rules for special success with slashing or chopping weapons. First, roll hit location and damage normally. Then, unless the target has rolled a special parry success or better, roll a SECOND hit location and roll weapon damage (no damage modifier) for that location as well. Armour counts on both locations, but only once; if the second hit location is the same as the first, the armour for that location does not count a second time. If the two rolled hit locations are the same, and the damage done reduces the location to zero hit points, the weapon may become stuck in the target just like an impale. (Of course, if the location is severed by the slash, the weapon will not be stuck.)


Alternatively, armour could count against both rolled hit locations in all cases, even if they are the same location. This makes a certain amount of sense, since an impale only needs to make one small hole to go deep and hurt bad, while slicing all the way through a torso, you have to slice across all the armour in front of it too. So armour would be more effective against slashes than thrusts, but against an unarmoured target, they'd be roughly equivalent. The slash is just uglier to look at.



Message threads

Topic: Author:
Time:
Message  Special Slash Proposal
Tom Cantine 25.01.2003 07:09  
Message    RE: Special Slash Proposal
Bjorn Are Stolen 25.01.2003 13:27  
Message      RE: Special Slash Proposal
Tom Cantine 26.01.2003 02:12  
Message        my conclution to our exchange of thought
Bjorn Are Stolen 26.01.2003 11:37  
Message          Wait! I'm not done yet!
Tom Cantine 26.01.2003 21:58  
Message            RE: Wait! I'm not done yet!
Bjorn Are Stolen 27.01.2003 15:19  
Message              RE: Wait! I'm not done yet!
Tom Cantine 27.01.2003 23:42  
Message                I fell off. Could you summarize?
Bjorn Are Stolen 28.01.2003 15:19  
Message                  RE: I fell off. Could you summarize?
Tom Cantine 29.01.2003 06:13  
Message                    RE: I fell off. Could you summarize?
Peter Beirne 13.02.2003 18:48  
Message                      RE: I fell off. Could you summarize?
Bjorn Are Stolen 13.02.2003 20:23  
Message                        RE: I fell off. Could you summarize?
Peter Beirne 17.02.2003 19:10  
Message                          RE: Impaling
Bjorn Are Stolen 17.02.2003 19:50  
Message                            RE: Impaling
Peter Beirne 17.02.2003 20:17  
Message                              RE: Impaling
Bjorn Are Stolen 19.02.2003 02:20  
Message                                RE: Impaling
Tom Cantine 19.02.2003 05:41  
Message                                  RE: Impaling
Bjorn Are Stolen 19.02.2003 17:01  
Message                                    RE: Impaling
Peter Beirne 19.02.2003 20:06  
Message                                      Setteling the impale discussion -back to cutting
Bjorn Are Stolen 19.02.2003 22:07  
Message                                        RE: Setteling the impale discussion -back to cutting
Peter Beirne 20.02.2003 00:40  
Message                                          RE: Setteling the impale discussion -back to cutting
Bjorn Are Stolen 20.02.2003 16:33  
Message                                            RE: Setteling the impale discussion -back to cutting
Peter Beirne 20.02.2003 18:00  
Message                                              swords
Bjorn Are Stolen 20.02.2003 22:20  
Message                                                Another slash suggestion
Tom Cantine 21.02.2003 18:26  
Message                                                  RE: Another slash suggestion
Bjorn Are Stolen 21.02.2003 19:17  
Message                                                    RE: Another slash suggestion
Peter Beirne 21.02.2003 20:51  
Message                                                      swords in east and west
Bjorn Are Stolen 22.02.2003 00:41  




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