[Runequest] strike ranks alternatives and size

Brian Houle houle.brian at gmail.com
Fri Dec 9 00:59:38 EST 2011

I really like this variation.  I rather like the SR system, but used a lot
of judgement when it comes to which factors contribute to SR.  I like how
structured this is and, actually, easy to understand (and communicate to
players).  If you don't mind, I think I'll add it to my house-rules hopper.

On Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 8:57 AM, Styopa <styopa1 at gmail.com> wrote:

> I use (essentially) 3 factors to determine who goes first.
> 1) is this the "first contact" or "ongoing melee"?
> 2) personal/weapon/action stats
> 3) variable random factor (no that's not redundant)
> To explain, each player has 3 'initiative-function' stats.
> Reach - based on their siz
> Quickness - based on their dex/int, inverse of siz
> Reaction - based on their dex/int
> Each weapon has a Reach and Quickness rating, usually the two combine to
> total 5 (ie reach of 4 typically means a quickness of 1).  So each
> character when armed has a reach value (personal + weapon) and quickness
> value (personal + weapon).  Characters acting without a weapon* (ie casting
> spells, firing missiles, or performing a noncombat action) have a flat +3
> to either.
> * fists are 0/6.  kicks are 1/3
> On the first contact, reach is always used.  Subsequent rounds are always
> quickness UNLESS the person with the long weapon is 'fending'.  Without
> getting too far into it, fending basically means moving backwards, keeping
> the combat based on reach for the next round.
> Finally, a d6, d8, d10, or d12 is added.  A low d is used where weapon
> size and dex are relatively dominant, normally very movement-constricted
> spaces like a tight tunnel.  In a totally wide-open space where movement is
> unconstrained, then the d12.  Typically it's a d8 or d10.
> Characters can move 1 hex per SR after their initiative comes up, 2 if
> they declared running or charging and succeed at a "run" skill check, 3 if
> they declared sprinting, succeed at a run roll, and are only moving
> straight ahead.  Moving characters can perform their 2 actions, running
> only get one, sprinting get no other action while moving.
> All of this of course is commonsense-tested....meaning someone being
> ambushed in a dark alley completely by surprise isn't going to start with
> the 'reach' value.
> (Reaction value is used if people want to change their action mid-round,
> they declare the change and the SR 'cost' of their action-change is d6+
> their react value.)
> Some things I generally am dissatisfied with:
> - too much possible variability in movement rates over a round between
> actors, if the initiative die is a many-sided one (ie a roll of 1 vs 10)
> - 'reaction' is an inverse value, meaning higher is worse, just
> counter-intuitive.
> It sounds quite complicated when I explain like this, but most of the
> calculation-stuff takes place on the character sheet and it works quite
> fast in application.  My players seem to feel it's authentic 'enough'
> anyway.
> On Sun, Dec 4, 2011 at 12:52 PM, steven mckenzie <goldgrif at yahoo.com>wrote:
>> In the RQ game we have strike ranks, and some people dont seem to like
>> them, I was wondering how people resolve the issue with size and actions
>> ina round, I have a small hobbitt/halfling in a group that keeps wanting to
>> fight witha short spear ( the game is a primitive setting) any ideas?
>> ( BTW he is really really good with the spear, LOL)
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