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Re: (TFT) Death Test 1, take 4: SURVIVED!

This is the primary reason I play Melee instead of Advanced Melee.

Advanced Melee adds a lot of great things to the game, and it codifies a lot, but all that goes completely down the drain due to the rule that Pole Weapons always go first. The result is that Pole Weapons dominate the game. Your character must, MUST have a pole weapon or he/she is dead meat. You must start with a spear in your hand, hope that you do enough damage in the charge/reception of charge to prevent your opponent from striking with his/her halberd, and then shift to a sword once engaged. One could argue that's historically accurate, but it certainly loses some fun.

It's easy to house rule that requirement away, of course.

--- On Wed, 10/5/11, gem6868 <gem6868@verizon.net> wrote:

> From: gem6868 <gem6868@verizon.net>
> Subject: Re: (TFT) Death Test 1, take 4: SURVIVED!
> To: tft@brainiac.com
> Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 7:58 PM
> A pole arm used as a "planted
> defense" vs a charging attacker only has an edge if they are
> approaching so fast that they are rendered slower to react
> than the person ready with the pole arm.  Anyone making
> a measured approach should still act in order of DX. 
> While there is certainly an advantage in a longer weapon, it
> is often lost by the more cumbersome nature of the weapon
> itself.  This can change when you are talking about
> large formations of people.  But at the scale of Melee
> / Wizard, a pole arm's main use is to gain reach v a mounted
> opponent (or a larger one ie Giant, Dragon), and it is at a
> disadvantage against the sword/shield combo, and quite
> possibly just a skillful broadsword.  When I get to
> Advanced Melee, I'll try and post more specific thoughts.
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