[Runequest] Drowning, Falling and Poisoning in RuneQuest

Sven Lugar vikingjarl at gmail.com
Tue Jul 14 01:40:53 EST 2009

Yes, I have tried it & it works rather well. In fact it was one of the 
design ideas that was used in the original play-testing back in the 
70's. The reason for it's lack of inclusion. One, people cry & there 
became too much focus on armour hunting & repairing, two it was felt 
that the shields & weapons falling apart seemed sufficient to simulate, 
three expeience had shown that armour depletion tends to be slow & 
subtle then a sudden cataclysmic failure - all of which would add too 
much book-keeping to simulate accurately.

Magical armour that is grafted too the hit location absorbs critical 
damage points, otherwise it is bypassed.

Styopa wrote:
> A few random armor questions for folks:
> 1) I'm curious if anyone has played with the idea of armor damage in 
> the same sense as weapons/shields, ie if the AP is exceeded, it takes 
> 1 AP off until repaired.  While my players would probably cry, I have 
> to admit, it sounds a LOT more realistic over time that characters 
> would come out of a hard fight with their armor in shambles - such is 
> almost always the description of medieval battlefields and survivors, 
> anyway. 
> 2) Physical armor, magical armor, natural armor and crits: how do you 
> resolve this in your game?  Do you judge that a crit ignores ALL armor 
> points (regardless of type) on a location?  Logically I can see how a 
> crit would bypass physical armor certainly, natural armor probably 
> (there are always eyes, unarmored joints, etc), but magical defenses?  
> As regards natural armor, it seems cheesy that something with 12+ 
> points of natural armor could be slain by some schmuck's lucky blow by 
> a normal sword (or arrow; there's always that damn literary example of 
> Smaug...).  I seem to recall someone here mentioned a clever system 
> that they had for determining when some things were simply 
> undamageable based on natural armor?
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