[Runequest] Runequest Digest, Vol 27, Issue 9

Sven Lugar vikingjarl at gmail.com
Fri Jul 23 02:52:08 EST 2010

Thank you, it wasn't so desperate as it was unusual, but your point is 
valid since it wasn't my first choice combination. Also remember my 
suggestion was that the 90% shield parry only applies when the character 
is armed with the cult shield (a Hoplon if I recall correctly) and 1 
handed spear together. the 90% shield parry would not apply if he was 
armed with the Hoplon and a sword, or a kite shield and a 1 handed 
spear, or any other combination. That would fit with the whole Yelmalio 
thing even though it adds a wrinkle of having to maintain two shield 
stats or arbitrarily halving the shield parry stat.

On 7/22/2010 7:42 AM, Hola Hallo wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> Thanks *a lot* for your replies!!!
> However, the examples you mention of parrying with a 1H spear don't 
> seem to apply in the case of this character (please correct me if I'm 
> wrong). For example, Björn has been kind to mention how there are 
> historic precedents of parrying with a lance, but this elf character 
> is basically going to fight on foot. Sven has mentioned his own 
> experience, but parrying with his 1H spear was a desperate case. I 
> mean, there doesn't seem be any precedent of infantry being trained to 
> attack /and parry/ with a 1H spear. Therefore, I think I'll go with 
> Sven's suggestion of giving the charachter a 90% shield parry instead. 
> It just seems more logical for a god such as Yelmalio to give his 
> worshippers proficiency in the spear-and-hoplon combat style rather 
> than a weird proficiency in spear parry.
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>       1. parrying with 1h-spear + hailing to the fatigue-rules based
>          on reacent experience :) (Bj?rn Are St?len)
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>     Date: Tue, 20 Jul 2010 13:53:29 +0000
>     From: Bj?rn Are St?len <stolenbjorn at hotmail.com
>     <mailto:stolenbjorn at hotmail.com>>
>     To: Rune Quest mailgruppe <runequest at rpgreview.net
>     <mailto:runequest at rpgreview.net>>
>     Subject: [Runequest] parrying with 1h-spear + hailing to the
>            fatigue-rules based on reacent experience :)
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>     I see the right answer has been given allready, I just want to
>     join in and confirm that a 1h. spear is perfectly possible to
>     parry with. Fiore di Liberi even shows how you can parry a
>     lance-attack with your own lance, it's pretty much the same
>     consept as when you do "winden" with longsword
>     I'm just back from the re-enactmentbattle of Grunwald btw; here's
>     a teaser from polish TV http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efgKl20UK-c
>     (the footage is not from this year's event). This year about 500
>     000 were watching, and we were about 3000 fighters on the field,
>     80 mounted, some 20 cannons, some 50 handguns, and some 100
>     archers on each side. The rest were fighting with polearms or
>     1h-swords. It was 42 degrees celcius when we fought, and I've now
>     experienced in person how overheating is well reflected in the
>     encumbrance-vs-fatigue-rules in RQ3!
>     Date: Mon, 19 Jul 2010 10:43:44 -0700
>     From: vikingjarl at gmail.com <mailto:vikingjarl at gmail.com>
>     To: runequest at rpgreview.net <mailto:runequest at rpgreview.net>
>     Subject: Re: [Runequest] [RQ III] - Is it possible to parry with a
>     1H spear?
>     Actually from the point of view of someone who has been fighting
>     with Medieval Weapons since 1958 - Yes I can imagine it & have
>     done it. I can tell you that the specific gift was added based on
>     me & what I demonstrated during the writing of the game. Steve
>     Perrin had watched a battle I had where I had lost my left arm
>     during an SCA melee back in the mid-70's and proceeded to hold off
>     7 guys with just a short one-handed spear and still managed to
>     take down 3 of them before my companions came up & finished the
>     rest. Admittedly this was a very unusual case.
>     So it is as you can see a very valid skill. All that being said if
>     you so desire then you could rationally limit it to "90% to attack
>     and parry when armed with 1H spear & Hoplon (cult) shield". It
>     depends on your vision of the scenario. It would be far more
>     common for the attack to be with the spear & the parry with the
>     shield & thus the player would lose the ability if not armed
>     specifically with the cult shield & spear. How do you envision it?
>     Skol,
>     Sven
>     On 7/19/2010 1:53 AM, Hola Hallo wrote:
>     Hi everyone,
>     Last day my little brother asked me to create a RQ3 character for
>     him. He is a fan of Link, of the Zelda videogames, so he chose to
>     create a green elf. He is initiate of Aldrya and Yelmalio
>     (Halamalao), and when he rolled for the Yelmalio gift, he got the
>     "90% to attack and parry with 1H spear".
>     But, wait a second, can you imagine someone parrying attacks with
>     a 1H spear?  O_O;
>     Should I change this for a 90% parry with shield?
>     Or just take the 2H-spear-90%-attack-and-parry gift instead?
>     What do you think?

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