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Re: (TFT) Line of Sight
In a message dated 10/11/2006 12:27:10 PM Central Daylight Time,
> The variety of terrain types available just on Earth, let alone Cidri,
> be let the GM or military scenario designer get away with almost anything,
> afraid. Here in Colorado, we have grasslands which functionally offer an
> of about 5 meters to someone lying down, but which would show that same
> at that 5 km range very clearly if they just stood up. But up in the
> the evergreen forest tends to have a virtually desert underlayer with no
> brush, no grass, no dead vegetation even: you look around and you can see
> right through the trunks of the trees for 1/2 km or more, but if you climb a
> rocky knob and look at the vista, you see nothing but impermeable green tree
> tops. Out west and south, we've got that scrubby "tumbleweed desert". A
> sitting still behind a bush would be invisible at 1/2 km but moving around,
> you can see him at 5 km again. And so on...
I was afraid it would be something like that, but I was hoping for some
halfway-decent hard numbers (e.g. from an old army manual or some such).
What prompted my request was my working on rules for hiding, chases, etc.
plus a look at the D&D 3.5e rules for terrain - in particular the maximum
distances for "detecting the nearby presence of others" in that system. The current
edition of D&D give what strike me as very short distances: 2d6x10 *feet* in
heavy forest to 6d6x40 *feet* on the open plains. (I might buy the heavy forest
distances, but ~250 meters *maximum* spotting on an average roll on the open
Anyway, I'd prefer not to crib from other games, whether D&D or Squad Leader,
but to use "real world" distances (if such exist) and then mangle them for
playability while knowing just how unrealistic I'm being. I also expected that
I'd have to make some pretty drastic simplifications, but I figured that if I
could get the median distances sorta-kinda right, for walking man-sized figures
who aren't particularly trying to hide, the rest would follow.
Erol K. Bayburt
Evil Genius for a Better Tomorrow
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