[Runequest] Is weapon damage too high?

royce at efn.org royce at efn.org
Sat Dec 11 07:16:32 EST 2010

Greetings, Colleagues,
   Is weapon damage too high?
   For example, in RQ3 (from Avalon Hill), a dagger does 1D4+2, or 3 to 6
points.  Double that with an impaling success.  Yet an arm typically
has only 3 or 4 hit points before being disabled, and 6 or 8 before
being destroyed or crippled.  Imagine that Tom attacks Dick with a
dagger.  Dick has 3 hp in his arm, where he gets hit.  Tom's player
rolls a 4, doing 6 points.  This is enough for the GM to declare that
the arm is all but cut off.
   And that doesn't even include damage bonus for strength.  Many
characters have 1D4 damage bonus.  So Tom's attack could be 2D4+2. 
   Or how about boxing?  A fist attack does 1D3.  Add 1D4 for strength,
giving a range of 2 to 7 damage points.  Fatal blows to the head must
be commonplace, right?  Hmm.
   So, what do you think?


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