[Runequest] Contemplating House Rule -- Advice?

Peter Maranci pmaranci at gmail.com
Fri May 20 10:54:44 EST 2011

I'm not a medical professional, but it's my understanding that there's a
huge element of unpredictability in response to injury. A blow to the head
can cause unconsciousness, death, or simply a bit of pain. TV shows where
the heroes are able to knock people out with dependable accuracy and no
chance of serious injury or accidental death are completely inaccurate.

In the real world, a seemingly minor head wound can cause death, or have
surprisingly little effect. I'm reminded of several cases where people were
shot multiple times in the back of the skull; not only did they not die, in
some cases they didn't even realize that they were wounded. Yes, massive
injury will certainly kill. But it seems to me that RQ should mirror the
unpredictable results that less-than-massive damage can have.


On Thu, May 19, 2011 at 6:17 PM, Tom Cantine <tcantine at incentre.net> wrote:

> Hmmm. That said, though, I think a resistance roll is a little more
> realistic and dramatic, in that a deadline is a little too concrete, too
> predictable. If you know Biff's bleeding out at 1 hp per round and he has 5
> left, you can make decisions based on that. I think it preferable that it be
> a genuine gamble. "Hold on, Biff! Hold on!" You really don't know at what
> moment it'll be too late to help him.
> For something as serious as a PC death, in fact, I think it's probably best
> to have it be something handled behind the GM screen. Even the player
> shouldn't necessarily know the moment, but should be fed some subjective
> "moving down the tunnel toward the light..." embellishment.
> On 19-May-11, at 3:54 PM, Robert Hoffman wrote:
>  Since we use bleeding rules that already factors in someone's constitution
>> towards the character's ability to sustain life.  Going to 0 is unconscious
>> and negative your max hit points is considered death.  Considering the
>> damage that got you that point bleeding out in 10-12 rounds isn't really all
>> that much in real world time.
>> Also going back to our magic number, receiving a single blow to the head,
>> chest or abdomen that is double the hitpoints +6 is instant death.  If the
>> damage to those locations is just negative its regular bleeding rolls, if
>> its double the hitpoints its the major bleeding rolls.  We've had situations
>> with characters bleeding out of 2-3 wounds that they have to roll for
>> individually.  Watching them slip ever closer to the negative hitpoint
>> "deadline" certainly does provide tension,... especially when the rest of
>> the party still needs to finish combat before they can even think of helping
>> their fallen comrade.
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>> Subject: Re: [Runequest] Contemplating House Rule -- Advice?
>> On Thu, May 19, 2011 at 1:59 PM, Peter Maranci <pmaranci at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>> Personally it has always seemed to me that the cut-off of death at zero
>> general HP didn't make sense - it's much too binary for a percentile system.
>> :D
>> How about this? At zero HP, the victim is unconscious. For every point
>> below 0, they must make a resistance roll of the negative damage versus
>> their CON.
>> Not too complicated at all, although I'd make it vs half their con,
>> otherwise you're giving them a boatload of safety net.
>> I like it, I think it will add tension when someone is 'at death's
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