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Acrobatics v Parry

posted Apr 08, 2013 23:19:02 by Chris
Why would you ever choose to Parry if you are able to use Acrobatics?
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bluefenix42 said Apr 09, 2013 00:16:04
1) Using Acrobatics to avoid an enemy's attack is a GM judgment call. Some GMs may not consider it valid in all situations.

2) As I understand the rules, dodging an attack with Acrobatics is a strictly opposed check, not a differential check. Thus, it is possible to succeed on your Acrobatics check, while the opponent also succeeded on his attack roll *and had a higher roll than you*, resulting in damage dealt to you. Acrobatics becomes an all-or-nothing check, whereas a parry may have a higher chance of preventing some or all of the incoming damage (depending on weapon size).
DanTrue said Apr 09, 2013 06:23:53
Precisely. You might be standing at a ledge, at the edge of a castle wall etc. Or you might be holding a shield wall, and an Acrobatics would leave your right-man open. Or defending the princess from thugs, and acrobatics would give one of them the opportunity to slip beside you - etc.

And yes, Acrobatics is simply substituted for evade, and is an opposed check, which seems a bit more risky too me. Though the highest skill still have the advantage, it's a bit more risky than a differential check.

- Dan
Chris said Apr 09, 2013 08:22:46
Thanks all
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