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Re: (TFT) chances of doing very little damage
Rather than supposing that the small damage hits are modelled as
misses, I guess I'd ask whether you had the Sword Talent to begin with.
In my experience, cutting with sharps does rely very much on edge
orientation. Poor orientation does result in bouncing weapons, as you
have seen. There's a fair amount of practice involved in getting a
blade to hit edge on, every time. Learning how to do that is part of
the Sword skill. After a while, it becomes natural. And while it's true
that sometimes weapons do bounce in combat (I may do SCA mostly, but I
have done rebated steel as well), I've found that they don't bounce as
much as you'd think. I have also found that they tend to bounce and
slide more from armour than they do from non-armour, which rather
nicely fits into TFT's armour mechanic. And lighter weapons are more
prone to this than heavier ones (a poll axe doesn't slide around much,
unless you're wrestling with it), which is also modelled fairly well
with the current die modifiers for lighter weapons.
Unless you do a lot of cutting, it's rather a specious exercise to
extrapolate damage effects from your experience.
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