[Runequest] Drowning, Falling and Poisoning in RuneQuest

Bjorn Stolen stolenbjorn at hotmail.com
Tue Jul 14 08:00:07 EST 2009

As I'm into HEMA, re-enactment, etc, I have had a period in my RQ-life where I tried to "improve" the armor-system. I allways thoght that the result ended up beeing too tedious, and not that much more realistic than the original RQ(3) rules.


I Agree to the fact that most amor/weapon degeneration is subtle and slow, until a hidden crack, etc. results in a critical failure. Perhaps one way would be that every time someone scores a critical hit to your location, the part becomes inoperable, not nessecarily leading to loss of AP, that would depend on the type of armor. A mail would perhaps split and result in the bodypart beeing hampered (+1 sr), a plate could jam, leading to loss of mobility (-X% to all skill rolls), etc, etc.


There is allso the fact that armor operates differently, and different kinds of weapon operates differently on armor, it becomes like an X- Y-diagram, with a thousand different possebilities. Some weapons are designed to damage the armor, whereas a sword is next to useless against plate armor (if two swordmen were to fight eachother in full plate the "fantasy"-way (ie "longplay", it's absolutely possible that both swords would break before any of the armour-parts would) 

From: iquinn at surewest.net
To: runequest at rpgreview.net
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2009 10:34:40 -0700
Subject: Re: [Runequest] Drowning, Falling and Poisoning in RuneQuest

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.

From: runequest-bounces at rpgreview.net [mailto:runequest-bounces at rpgreview.net] On Behalf Of Styopa
Sent: Monday, July 13, 2009 5:42 AM
To: RuneQuest Rules
Subject: Re: [Runequest] Drowning, Falling and Poisoning in RuneQuest
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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