[Runequest] Drowning, Falling and Poisoning in RuneQuest

Robert Hoffman iquinn at surewest.net
Tue Jul 14 03:34:40 EST 2009

1) We generally played it that special and critical hits would damage armor
sufficiently to lower its overall protection by one point.  Furthermore we
used the fumble of "shield strap / armor breaks" at random locations to
further erode armor over time.  Since both cases were not common occurrences
(and in the case of a critical to the head, for example, a dented helm is
the least of your concerns) it was enough to keep players repairing and
replacing their equipment throughout the years.


2) The rule I recall for natural armor was to simply double the resulting
damage, rather than ignore armor completely.  While from a mathematical
perspective this also caused problematic results in some cases, I preferred
it to ignoring armor.   So my single stick (max damage of 6) against the
12pt dragon scale would still do no damage even with a critical.  For
magical defense I always count that against physical damage, the only way
around that is with counter magic or some other specific magical attacks.



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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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