[Runequest] The RQIII Dodge fix

Styopa styopa1 at gmail.com
Tue Oct 8 22:58:28 EST 2013

Of course, one could have been using the 'Conan in a loin cloth' phrase as
a widely-recognized archetype (as which, I expect, it worked), not really
to begin an exegetical analysis of a particular literary character's armor
choices....which themselves *reinforce* the main point, as much as an
entirely-fictional individual can...

On Mon, Oct 7, 2013 at 11:52 PM, Steve Perrin <steve.perrin at gmail.com>wrote:

> Thank you, Lev, for the perhaps inadvertent plug for my SPQR rules.
> As for "Conan-in-a-loin-cloth," I would like to point out that Conan
> always wore as much armor as he could afford and use effectively in the
> situation. When the scouts going over the river were wearing leather, Conan
> was wearing chain because he could be just as quiet in the chain as they
> could in the leather. When it came time to lead the legions of Valusia (or
> am I getting his kingdom mixed up with Kull's?) he was in full plate.
> "Scalds with safety," was Shakespeare's phrase, and he had it right.
> Steve Perrin
> On 10/7/2013 9:36 PM, Lev Lafayette wrote:
>> On Tue, October 8, 2013 3:15 pm, Styopa wrote:
>>> Nevertheless, dodge-as-written still remains useful:
>>> 1) dodge, and you can dodge ALL attacks from that target.  That can be a
>>> dozen attacks.
>>> 2) dodge successfully, and you avoid ALL damage, whether it was a 1-point
>>> whiff or a 45-point chomp from a dragon.
>>> 3) dodge avoids follow-on effects of hits that don't even penetrate
>>> armor,
>>> like magic-touch attacks or acid.
>> Re 2: I think that point was made with the example in the rulebook of
>> fighting a lion with a dagger. To paraphrase; "parrying a lion with a
>> dagger is an exercise in futility".
>> The simplest and oft-used solution is simply to have degree of dodge
>> success reduce the degree of attack success. So a successful dodge (-1)
>> against a critical attack (+3, success, special, critical) would reduce
>> the critical to a success.
>> This can be used for other contested rolls as well.
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