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Re: Dodging arrows (was: Re: (TFT) Targeting Horses and their Riders)

The pull on an English Longbow was certainly greater than 45 lbs, there are
numerous accounts of arrows not just penetrating the front of the heavy plate
armor but coming out through the back as well.  There is no way to dodge that
even at 50 yards plus the arrow would as you say just appear in the target.

 Dodging in TFT is as you describe jukes, ducking and erratic movements not
jumping out of the way once the arrow is in flight.

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 ------ Original Message ------
   Received: 08:51 AM PDT, 08/26/2013
   From: Mark Tapley <mtapley@swri.edu>
   To: <tft@brainiac.com>
   Subject: Dodging arrows (was: Re: (TFT) Targeting Horses and their Riders)

     At 2:15 -0400 8/24/13, Neil wrote:
       >Most of those re-enactors are not using the poundage that would have
       >used in combat.

       I was about to say the same thing. I think SCA has a limit of
       30 lbs. draw weight (?corrections?), and enough padding on the arrow
       tip to make it a heavy (ie slow) arrow. Daughter and I were out
       shooting Saturday, and the difference between a 23-lb bow and a 45-lb
       bow is just night and day in terms of ability to follow the arrow in
       flight - the son even mentioned this: "Dad's arrows just seem to
       suddenly appear at the target" or something like that. And I'd say 45
       lbs is definitely on the light side of any estimate I've heard for
       draw weight of a serious longbow.

       I think of TFT "dodge" not as "figure out trajectory,
       estimate where it'll arrive, and move out of the way" but as "twitch
       randomly back and forth, get behind stuff, and generally add some
       random factor to where the archer is aiming". Otherwise, I assume it
       would rely on the target's adjDX to some degree, which in the base
       rules it does not.
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