[Runequest] Getting to the point
davus1000 at yahoo.co.uk
Thu Aug 15 23:36:35 EST 2013
Another method of dealing with different weapon lengths is
to use an attack penalty.
I divide weapons into five lengths – close (e.g. dagger),
short (e.g. shortsword), medium (e.g. longsword), long (e.g. spear) and very
long (e.g pike).
If there is room for the longer weapon to be fully
effective, initially an attacker with a shorter weapon is at -10% attack per
If the shorter weapon attacker makes a successful attack and
the longer weapon attacker fails their (next) attack, then the shorter weapon
attacker has closed with their foe.
That switches the penalty from the shorter weapon to the
The longer weapon attacker then needs to makes a successful
attack and the shorter weapon attacker needs to fail for the longer weapon
attacker to step back to their optimum distance.
> > Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2013 09:56:07 +1000
> > From: "Lev Lafayette" <lev at rpgreview.net>
> > To: "RuneQuest Rules" <runequest at rpgreview.net>
> > Subject: Re: [Runequest] Getting to the point.
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> > On Thu, August 15, 2013 5:55 am, Marko Per?l? 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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