[Runequest] Spears stuck in shields?

Andrew Larsen aelarsen at mac.com
Tue Jul 10 02:28:56 EST 2012

You could rule that any special hit with a pilum renders the shield too heavy to use. That means that a pilum will only "work" 20% of the time, which is probably too low for simulation, but it's an easy mechanic. 

Andrew E. Larsen 

On Jul 9, 2012, at 10:45 AM, royce at efn.org wrote:

> Hi, Guys,
>   My boys and I were playing a little RQ last weekend.  Their legionary
> characters were defending the walls of their fort from a Gallic
> uprising (the players' little corner of Vercingetorix vs. Caesar), and
> were throwing pilums down at the assaulting Gauls.
>   According to the RQ3 rules we're playing by, a shield with 2 points of
> encumberance (i.e., a pilum) hanging from it becomes a lot less useful.
> This brought up a question.
>   How often does a thrown javelin bounce off a wooden shield, or at least
> come off the shield easily, and how often does it seriously stick in? 
> Would the javelin usually stick in pretty well?  Or should I only count
> it for impaling attacks?
>   While I'm at it, I have a second question.  Would pilums, short spears,
> and long spears have the same maximum throwing range as their lighter
> cousins, the javelins?  (In RQ3, javelin effective range is 20 meters,
> and max is 50 meters.)
>   Actually, while I'm here, I have a third question.  Would anyone care
> to share their opinions on Avalon Hill RQ box sets of Vikings and
> Ninjas?
>   Any and all guidance, shared experience, feedback, or tangents are
> welcome.  Many thanks ahead of time.
>   Sincerely,
> Asher
> P.S.  Lev, if you're reading this, thanks for your info about the coliseum
> stuff.
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