[Runequest] Getting to the point.

Lev Lafayette lev at rpgreview.net
Thu Aug 15 09:56:07 EST 2013

On Thu, August 15, 2013 5:55 am, Marko Perälä wrote:
> The problem: This is unrealistic, because the whole point of spears and
> other polearms is to keep the enemy too far away to attack at all. They
> are defensive weapon, the point of which (pun) is to prevent enemy from
> getting close enough to attack. The point of an attacker using the shorter
> weapon is to deal with the long weapon, slip past it and then be able to
> attack polearm user without him being able to hit back, until he shortens
> his weapon length.

Yes, true that. "Threaten parry" is a term that is used to describe the
situation. Arguably, one quick way it can be simulated is that the
spear-based (or other) attacker receives a second attack roll is someone
tries to close, in addition to their normal attack.

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