[Runequest] Flaming attacks

Styopa styopa1 at gmail.com
Thu May 16 22:17:56 EST 2013

One slight point: just to be clear, they don't need to BURN them out.
Smoke - ie burning wet stuff, as long as you can get it burning
*sufficiently* - is plenty good for driving individuals out of such a tower.

For that matter, even *convincing* them that you've successfully built a
fire might be enough to get them to bail out of the tower, depending on the
impetuousness and intelligence of the targets.  I had one illusionist in a
D&D campaign work out with other party members a 'standing scheme' that if
they said a certain word and cast a quick minor illusion of flames on them,
that they'd drop, screaming and thrashing as if they were being burned
alive in agony.  That bluff worked a couple of times to intimidate
dimwitted opponents.

On Thu, May 16, 2013 at 7:10 AM, Ben Turner <ben.turner at pobox.com> wrote:

> Does appear that lamp oil wasn't the burn-y fluid of death made out of
> high fantasy:
> http://antiledo.blogspot.com.au/2011/04/lamp-oil-doesnt-burn.html
> Whilst fire arrows aren't total myth, I suspect simple cloth and lamp oil
> isn't going to create much of a burn:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Early_thermal_weapons#Flaming_arrows.2C_bolts.2C_spears_and_rockets
> Dry thatch - I'd allow it. But trying to burn down swamp castle isn't
> going to work, I think.
> On 16 May 2013 19:22, Tony Den <postmaster at runequest.za.org> wrote:
>> Ben Turner wrote:
>> > Hi all,
>> >
>> > I'm running a "bog standard, medieval style fantasy setting" for the
>> > latest
>> > Runequest version, and my players have come across a tower with stone
>> > walls, two floors (the dividing floor being made of thick, hard wood),
>> and
>> > a thatched roofing.
>> <Snip>
>> I would rule lamp oil does not burn the same. My reasoning is if it did
>> why did people bother with pitch and naptha and greek fire etc. (Other
>> than pitch would stick).
>> That said if you use lamp oil you can use that excellent dropped oil lamp
>> table which one would hope due to its critical nature has prmolgated from
>> RQ3 through newer versions:)
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