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Unwilling to Parry

posted Mar 13, 2013 22:03:28 by Chris
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"...or, confident in his ability to weather the blow, elects not to parry, he is treated as having automatically rolled a failure."

Is unwilling to Parry considered 'Dithering' and thus uses up an AP?
"This is where we hold them! This is where we fight! This is where they die!"
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DanTrue said Mar 13, 2013 22:06:52
No. Dithering is what you do on your turn (i.e. a proactive action). Electing not to parry is electing not to spend an AP to gain a reactive action.

A knight in full armour for instance, might simply take the hit, thrusting in his passive warding and full mail and helmet to take the blow.

- Dan
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bluefenix42 said Mar 13, 2013 22:07:36
You can't dither when it's not your turn, just like you can't actively parry when it *is* your turn (what would you parry?). When you get attacked, you can spend an action to parry or evade, or you can choose not to parry or evade and thereby save yourself an action point. If choosing not to parry cost an Action, there would be zero incentive to not parry every time.

Or, to look at it another way, if not parrying costs an action point, how does a character with no AP left act when attacked? They can't parry, because they have no AP to spend, but they also can't NOT parry, because they have no AP to spend. :p
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Chris said Mar 13, 2013 22:20:34
Thanks both
"This is where we hold them! This is where we fight! This is where they die!"
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PatHenry said Mar 13, 2013 23:51:10
An extremely confident, powerful warrior could opt to absorb whatever attack comes his way in order to reserve his APs for what he intends to do. Since that decision practically invites an automatic Special Effect, it is a really stupid decision. But warriors are sometimes stupid that way.
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BruceMason said Mar 21, 2013 22:22:57
It's not as stupid as it seems. Remember that you can leave your decision until after you see the roll. If your armour is likely to prevent all or most damage and you can't be implaed then most SEs are likely to be opposed rolls that you resist with Evade or Brawn and so on so you may decide that you're capable of beating the SE roll.

Heck. If you're bad ass enough you might just decide to let the poor attacking fool stick his weapon in you with an impale, or try to cripple you with a bleed, laugh at the "pain" and proceed to rip out his tongue while he's out of actions.
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lawrence.whitaker said Mar 21, 2013 22:46:35
Heck. If you're bad ass enough you might just decide to let the poor attacking fool stick his weapon in you with an impale, or try to cripple you with a bleed, laugh at the "pain" and proceed to rip out his tongue while he's out of actions.


One of Pete's characters has done that...
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Dreameister said Mar 22, 2013 06:16:52
One of Pete's characters has done that...


This forum is in dire need of a like button :-)
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karl.miller.km said Mar 22, 2013 20:53:49
One of Pete's character has done that...
This forum is in dire need of a like button


Actually I think this forum is in dire need of an Actual Play / Session Report / Gaming Stories section. I think a lot of people would be attracted to RQ6 through seeing what other people were doing with it, especially if Loz and Pete contributed a paragraph or two about their own games every now and again.
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lawrence.whitaker said Mar 22, 2013 22:19:01
Actually I think this forum is in dire need of an Actual Play / Session Report / Gaming Stories section. I think a lot of people would be attracted to RQ6 through seeing what other people were doing with it, especially if Loz and Pete contributed a paragraph or two about their own games every now and again.


Good idea. Anyone else like the idea of such a section for the forum? I'd say click 'Like', but a reply with +1 will do the trick. If we get 10 +1s, I'll add it on and kick things off by posting a summary of our 'Circle of Briton' campaign.
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jjwdrake said Mar 22, 2013 22:22:17
+1
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bluefenix42 said Mar 22, 2013 22:49:02
+1
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SMJN said Mar 22, 2013 22:54:25
+1
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AmazingOnionMan said Mar 22, 2013 23:33:32
+1
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Atlatl_Jones said Mar 23, 2013 00:04:13
+1
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Dreameister said Mar 23, 2013 00:15:17
+1

I actually wanted to post tomorrow my actual play of Beneath the Black Water, but the session tonight was cut short at the very start due to RL circumstances :( Oh, well, next time... In the mean time, bring on the Brits :)

Cheers,
Marko
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