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Re: (TFT) Random thoughts on rpg combat systems.
While we are on the subject...
Many years ago, I designed "My Ultimate Role Playing System" (MURPS??
Of course, this predates GURPS) that used what I thought were the
best parts of TFT as its basis.
For weapons, I used a different tact than what I had seen in the past
- I based the damage dice of the weapon on the ST required to wield
it, so that weapons that required more ST to use did more damage - no
surprise there. I then used a progression of dice for the actual
damage rating, split up by damage type. I 'factored in' the idea of
hit location by the number of dice thrown and any modifiers. All of
the combinations were based on some simple statistical work ups I had
done for minimums, averages and maximums. I have not seen those notes
in years so no specific examples come to mind.
Missile weapons were basically a die (d2, d3, d4, d5, d6, d8, d10,
d12) with some -1s thrown in for some types. So basically 0 to max
damage. The idea is that the hit is either really good, or really bad
or something in between. I allowed damage re-rolls for critical hits
or aimed shots (essentially the same thing). It is easier to get a
max damage result with a missile weapon (intentionally in my system).
Edged weapons were typically 2 dice (of the types listed above) in
staggered combinations to control the increase of both the average
damage and the max damage. Thus there were weapons that did d4+d6
(higher min than d10, lower average) or d3+d8-1. I rationalized the
averaging because these weapons are used in direct combat, and you
are typically hitting a major location (head, chest, arms, etc.) that
will have a debilitating effect on your ability to function. Most
edged weapons do not have a lot of mass behind them, though - as the
damage is mostly imparted by cutting through the armor/tissue.
Hafted/crushing type weapons were combinations of dice, similar to
edged weapons, but had more dice (for a higher minimum and average).
Same rationalizations as edged weapons, but more damage energy is
The 0's represented glancing blows or incidental damage - I got tired
of worrying about hit locations and tracking fatigue separately from
HP (I was playing DragonQuest, TnT and TFT). I once toyed with rating
each weapon for type of damage (piercing, slicing and crushing) and
armor for protection rating against each type, but quickly abandoned
that as more paperwork than I wanted (or my players, more
I gave bonuses for 'extra ST' but there were also penalties (weapons
breaking, as usual).
I was really happy with the result, but my players hated it. They
hated having to roll different sized dice for every roll in the game!
There is also the problem that armor was not handled very
realistically without the different protection ratings.
The quest continues...
Always in motion is the future.
I practice Ty-Fu, the art of slaughtering what I type.
"Learn from the mistakes of others. You won't live long enough to
make them all yourself."
There's always someone better than you, but you're never as bad as
some think you are."
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