Archive for June 23rd, 2008

Agonia Combat

2008 Jun 23

Here’s the slightly hacked combat rules I’m floating for Agonia. Hopefully John Harper and Eric can help me figure out if they’re completely broken.

The Battle abilities in Agonia are: Melee, Ranged, Mounted, and Evade. Melee includes one-handed weapons you hit or stab people with (maces, powerfists, spears, chainaxes, flaming swords), shields, and one-handed guns (flintlock pistols, hand flamers). Ranged includes two-handed weapons that you use to hit people from far away: bolt rifles, bows, crossbows, rocket launchers, etc. Mounted is used when riding war horses, driving attack bikes, piloting land speeders, steering skelter bats, etc. Evade is used to avoid attacks, whether melee, ranged, or mounted.

In combat your dice go into one of three pools: Right Hand, Left Hand, or Defense. The dice from either or both of the Right and Left Hands can move over into Defense at any time, as long as they haven’t already been rolled to attack.

To start out, all pools are empty. Say I’m a farmer with no Battle abilities except a d4 in Evade, wielding a d4 pitchfork in both hands. The pitchfork’s a Melee weapon, but I have no Melee ability (less than d4= 0) , so I’ll have to substitute something else and impair it, just like brining in another ability in Agon. “Toil” is the most likely, since I’m using a farming tool as a weapon. Let’s pretend I’m God’s gift to farming and have a d8 Toil, plus +2 for wielding the pitchfork in both hands. So that gives me 1d8 + 1d4 + 2 total offense, not all that bad. As for Defense, I haven’t used my one Battle ability for this round, since I had to bring in Toil and impair it, so I can use my pitiful d4 Evade.

Okay, well, say I’m getting attacked by a mercenary minion dual-wielding swords in both hands. All I have to do is hit him once and he’s dead (being a minion), but my Toil gets impaired every time I use it to fight with, so I’m not long for this world if I can’t hurt him early. Unfortunately, he gets to attack first, since he got a better positioning roll. However, he’s chosen to roll his Sword skill, which means he can’t bring in Evade or another ability without impairing it and currently has no dice assigned to Defense. A risky tactic? We shall see.

He attacks, rolling a 5. I can’t beat that with my d4 evade, but I roll anyway, getting a 2. So… that’s a level 3 Wound I have to take (since I have no armor). But not just yet! I could choose to use my pitchfork to try to block the blow, dropping the dice from both my Right and Left Hands into my Defense pool. That might not be a bad idea since, with another sword in his other hand, he’s probably going to make another, off-hand attack. However, that would mean I would lose the chance to attack myself and that’s not the best choice for me here. So I take the 3 Wound, which gives me a -2 to my next roll. Being smart, he decides to not attack with his off-hand. My turn.

Now I’m rolling 1d8 + 1d4 to attack, with the Wound penalty cancelling out the bonus for using both my hands on one weapon. I get a 6! The mercenary, having no dice in Defense, blocks with his sword by dropping his Left Hand dice into that pool. Does he succeed? Do I get him? I’ll leave you in suspense.

Here’s some complications to this scheme.

1. Ranged weapons and all guns (including handguns which count as Melee), cannot be blocked by Melee weapons; they can be Evaded or, if you have a Shield, you can roll that hand’s dice along with anything else you have in Defense (Evade, most likely).

2. Guns (of the one or two-handed variety) do lots of damage, but, at least if they’re the blackpowder variety, it takes a while to reload them. Reloading consumes both of your hands for the entirety of the next round or whichever later round you dedicate to reloading. You can still Evade or roll any other Defense dice, however. Setting up firing lines should actually work pretty well, here. You could fight in a Civil War or Napoleonic fashion, the line in back firing while the line in front spends the round reloading.

3. Also, handguns cannot be used to block, period. Two-handed guns can only be used to block if you have a bayonet or other such implement on them and, as with other weapons, have no attacked with it this round. Even then, any melee actions with a bayonet (attacking, blocking) have a -2 penalty, since that’s not what rifles are really meant for. Remember that before you order a bayonet charge.

Thoughts? Potential problems?

Agonia Heraldry

2008 Jun 23

Character Creation in Agonia (2)

2008 Jun 23

The character sheet reads like…

[Name], [Lineage] [Lineage Type] (Choose: Birth, Labor, Action, Battle) [Name Die]
Vassal of [Master] [Master’s Name Die]
[Class] [Class Bonuses] [Special Maneuvers]
[And Forgive Us Our Debts] [As We Forgive Our Debtors]
[Archangel] (Choose: Micha’el/Michael/Mikha’il, Gavri’el/Gabriel/Jibra’il, Rafa’el/Raphael/Rafa’il, Ezra’el/Azrael/Azra’il) [Favored Abilities] [Divine Favor]
[Vanities] (Glory-based Keys, basically) [Glory] [Unspent Advances]
[Corruption Track] (d4, d6, d8, d10, d12) [Corruption Die] [Afflictions]
Birth Abilities: [Insight] [Grace] [Might] [Spirit]
Labor Abilities: [Toil] [Craft] [Heal] [Lore]
Action Abilities: [Athletics] [Cunning] [Hunt] [Horse]
Battle Abilities: [Close] [Medium] [Ranged] [Defense]
Protective Gear: [Shield] [Armor] X X X
[Melee Weapons] (Chosen by Player)
[Ranged Weapons] (Chosen by Player)

Dungeon Jam 3: Break On Through

2008 Jun 23

To recap:
Dungeon Jam 1: The Dwarven Underground (jaywalt)
Dungeon Jam 2: The Elven Watchtowers (dev)

The first part of the mission to liberate Svartálfaheim was supposed to be easy: get out of town without the elvish watchmen knowing what you’re up to. If the Queen is alerted, well, that sword of hers is pretty harsh and if Svartálfaheim was going to be liberated by dead dwarves, surely they would have done so by now. With that in mind, the crew has recruited a few of the younger elves to the Underground’s cause, many of whom have parents or kinsmen (older siblings, uncles) who serve in the Queen’s Watch. They know when the watch rotation happens and have even gotten a few guards to agree to allow you all to sneak quietly past.

However… nothing ever goes according to plan. One member of the Underground was late to the midnight rendezvous (decide who and why). When they finally arrive, the bulk of the Queen’s Watch is fast on their tail (decide how they know). Time to leave, and fast!

Now, unfortunately, the Watch are alerted to your plans. On the way to the Svartálfar barrows that mark the outskirts of Svartálfaheim, the largest and most strictly guarded of the Queen’s towers stands, blocking the Road of Return to prevent escapades of exactly this nature. If you’re caught, you’re all dead, even the elvish youth, because the Queen doesn’t mess around with defying her laws or her Watch.

Guess it’s time to fight. Let’s just try not to kill any of your buddies relatives, yeah?