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Re: (TFT) Pole weapons in Rick's campaign - Play styles.

Yes that's true too and Pike were vulnerable to bad ground and ranged wea
pons like everyone else.  But I think we are way off point here.  I don't
 usually have massed battles or mounted charges of hundreds of knights th
at takes away from the roleplaying and clean system that is TFT. 




 We all play the game with some house rules so if I was playing in Rick's
 campaign (which sounds great by the way) or David's I would accept their
 house rules and adapt my tactics.  As long as it is fun for us that is w
hat's important.




















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   Received: 09:25 AM PDT, 10/21/2015
   From: PvK <pvk@oz.net>
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   Subject: Re: (TFT) Pole weapons in Rick's campaign - Play styles.




     I'd say pikes are interesting but an exaggerated type of polearm, wh
ere yes, they're formidable in a dense formation when it's pointed the ri
ght way in the right conditions, and someone tries to attack them head-on
. See Alexander the Great, and the late medieval use of pikes to counte
r heavy cavalry, and in general. For pikes, yes, they're not good for a d
uel - you'd get one attempt to strike and then need to drop it and draw s
omething else (unless you hit or your foe failed to get inside your point
). The thing is, pikes also have this problem in TFT. See the rules for t
hem in Advanced Melee. I don't see this example as being a case against h
aving polearms be effective when trying to be realistic in TFT - I'd expe
ct the "infantry" mentioned in contrast to pikemen, had many spears and p

       --- ekroeten@farmersagent.com wrote:

       Swiss pikemen were badass no doubt in st jakob (sp) in 1444 1500 o
f them attacked 30k of French troops routed the cavalry and killed 3000. 
Before the foolish French leader Louis XI had his crossbow men and infant
ry wipe them out.  Less than 70 pikemen survived.
       What I am saying is that when not massed they were not as good. Th
ey were close order troops. 

       Again not trying to start a fight or anything. 


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