[Runequest] House rule contemplation continued...

Bjørn Are Stølen stolenbjorn at hotmail.com
Sat May 21 16:07:30 EST 2011

There could be some weapoons that perhaps will end up less lethal compared to others, but if that rocks your boat, etc...
I think this set of rules will work well for your style of campagin, where you are helpless as easily as in ordinary RQ-rules, but where there's a bigger chanse of beeing patched up, ready for undelayed campagin-action.
No more "After the great battle with Tim the Enchanter, we went to the monastary of Gnyldroch for 2 years, awaiting the regrowing of Argnrolf's leg. Then we went to Arand Dor, where Nils Olofsson lost his right arm AND his left leg..."
Perhaps the orginal rules would be very fun in a pirate-setting! :D
> Date: Fri, 20 May 2011 15:11:57 -0700
> From: royce at efn.org
> To: runequest at rpgreview.net
> Subject: [Runequest] House rule contemplation continued...
> Hi, All,
> Thank you very much for your many good responses.
> After further thought, I came to the following house rule:
> 1. Except for the head, a hit location is destroyed by triple damage. 
> The head continues to be destroyed by double damage.
> 2. General hit points reduced to zero incapacitates the being.
> 3. General hit points reduced to negative [general hit points] kills the
> being. (Perhaps negatives could be shown with backslashes on the hit
> points box of the character sheet.) Also, destruction of the head, chest
> or abdomen hit location also kills the being, as per RQ3 (avalon hill)
> published rules.
> 4. No countdown. Loss of 1 hp per melee round is an already existing
> risk in the published rules, so no need to repeat the risk. So you could
> end up with a battered character that is incapacitated, at negative HP,
> but not dying. Given nursing, this character would have a long recovery
> time without magic, but that's fine.
> So, my question is, will this house rule have some consequence which I
> haven't recognized yet? Will it somehow damage the game?
> Sincerely,
> Asher Royce
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