a. Check for Surprise & Hesitation

see also Surprise

Check Reflex (TN see below), failure indicates that no action can be taken until next round – proceed to step 1. Succeed and defend as normal – proceed to step b.

  • TN 5: Purposely standing with no stance, inviting attack
  • TN 7: Aware of opponent, but victim of a cheap shot; or hesitation
  • TN 10: Unsuspecting or inattentive
  • TN 13: Blindsided!

b. Declare Stance

see also Stances

At start of bout, or after a pause, declare stance out loud.

  • Aggressive Stance: +2 CP when attacking; -2 CP when defending
  • Defensive Stance: +2 CP when defending; -2 CP when attacking
  • Neutral Stance: offers flexibility and no modifiers

c. Initiative – Establish Aggressor and Defender

see also Initiative

Take a red and white die into your hands. The GM calls “throw,” and each combatant drops one of the dice on the table.

  • Red: indicates aggression
  • White: indicates defense
  • Red/Red: a tie-breaker is required

Both parties roll Reflex against their own ATN, apply Weapon Length penalties as normal. In the case of a tie, compare actual Reflex scores. Thrusts provide a +1 Reflex modifier over swings and bashes. If this is still a tie then the blows are simultaneous!

  • White/White: The combatants circle each other, repeat the initiative process, return to start of step a.

1. Start of the Combat Round – Blood Loss Check

see also Blood Loss

Successfully roll EN/BL or lose one point of HT.

  • HT 1: all dice pools are halved
  • HT 0: character unconscious and dying

2. Call out the Number of the Round – Fatigue

see also Fatigue

-1 CP per 2xEN rounds of fighting. This number is further reduced by the total CP penalty for armor, shield, and encumbrance.

3. Dice Pool Refresh

All dice pools fills or refreshes, remember to deduct spillover Shock, unless Pain is greater. Pain is deducted from all dice pools.

4. First Half of the Exchange of Blows

  • Aggressor declares attack: state maneuver, CP spent, and target zone; 1-7 for swings, 8-14 for thrusts. Remember Stance (1st blow only) and weapon length modifiers.
  • Defender declares defense or attack: state maneuver, including CP.

Weapon Length: -1 CP per step to attack an opponent with longer reach, until the shorter weapon makes a damaging strike. When the longer weapon is in too close, the penalty applies to both defense and offense, until a damaging blow is scored.

5. Resolve Damage and/or Determine New Attitude

(MOS + DR) – (Opponent’s TO + AV) = Wound Level

  • If the attacker’s MOS >= 0 he stays the aggressor, keeping initiative
  • If the defender’s MOS >= 1 he becomes the aggressor
  • Determine wound properties using the hit location damage tables
  • Shock is immediately subtracted from all dice pools, active first then reserve, any spillover applies in step 3.

6. Second Half of the Exchange of Blows

See step 4. The roles may have reversed since the first exchange

7. Resolve Damage and/or Determine New Attitude

See step 5.

8. Repeat Until a Winner is Determined

Repeat steps 1 through 7 until the combat is over – one way or another.

rules/general_combat_outline.txt · Last modified: 2014/01/03 23:30 (external edit)
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