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

Depends which version of the rules you are using Meg. A one hex move is still considered a charge in earlier versions of Advanced Melee. Personally I never liked the move three hexes in a straight row "solution" tHT came up with after SJ left Metagaming but that does allow for your step in one hex solution.

We always just chose the option to Defend when first engaging a pole weapon user. Worked most of the time except against high DX pole weapon users.

David O. Miller

On Oct 6, 2011, at 10:07 AM, Margaret Tapley wrote:

The strategy we've usually used against pole weapon wielders is: Don't run straight up to them. Instead, stop one or two hexes away, change weapons if you were wielding a missile weapon, THEN step up to engage them. That denies them the set-spear attack (you were coming in too slow for it to work); they might get in a jab attack, but that's comparatively weak IIRC. Or engage them from a side or rear hex, or wait for them to charge-attack you and hope they miss, or just take them out with missile fire. I don't remember exactly what the rules are concerning this, but no one charges straight down the throat of a guy with a spear because it's stupid.
- Meg

On Oct 6, 2011, at 8:22 AM, Sgt Hulka wrote:

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.
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