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Wednesday, 27th June, 2012, 11:25 PM #1
Novice (Lvl 1)
Tactical Narrative Combat Modules in D&D Next
WotC's Tom LaPille discusses Modularity and Combat Subsystems in D&D Next, outlining the concept of the Tactical Narrative Combat Module here.
Wednesday, 27th June, 2012, 11:26 PM #2
Grandmaster of Flowers (Lvl 18)
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(I'm aware this is going to be merged into News)
Tom LaPille's 0 for 2 so far.
The tactical subsystem basically amounts to called shots - a darling of early 90s D&D knockoffs and as far as I know the only game really using them still is GURPS.
Seriously. -5 to hit to give a knockdown effect? In a system with bounded accuracy and only 5ft of movement to stand back up? And everyone gets power strike? From a 4e perspective I find this ... disappointing.
Wednesday, 27th June, 2012, 11:40 PM #3
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Yeah, sounds like 2E's called shot system. Which wasn't too bad until fighters hit about 7th level (and then it just became too easy to do this kind of stuff, especially with multiple attacks - disarm or trip your oppponent, then kill him while he's defenseless; rinse and repeat every round). Perhaps with the flattened math it won't run into the same problems that plagued my 2E game with called shots, but I'm not betting on it.
I'm not sure how I feel about the presented module. Its simple, but maybe too simple.
Wednesday, 27th June, 2012, 11:53 PM #4
With a bounded accuracy system that's designed to have damage scale instead of attack rolls this is antiquated thinking that suggests someone isn't really on the same page as someone else. Back to the drawing board with you, good WotC blogger. Maybe you can learn from that guy in your comments section who suggested trading off Damage for Effects.
Sheesh, -5 to hit penalty for attempting to trip my eye. :P
- Marty Lund
Wednesday, 27th June, 2012, 11:54 PM #5
Defender (Lvl 8)
-5 to hit for a minimally effective attack? No thanks. Why wouldn't you just murder the **** out of it with a regular attack? If they wanted to make the knockdown occur without a negative to attack, but a minus to damage or something. Like others on other forums have said, with bounded accuracy, these attacks just aren't worth it.
Wednesday, 27th June, 2012, 11:57 PM #6
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Thursday, 28th June, 2012, 12:01 AM #7
If they are going to do some sort of "Called Shot" or "Raise" system in combat and keep scaling damage while flattening attack and defense then the bid process has to be Damage Based rather than Attack Penalty Based. Status-effect maneuvers will need to have their bids scale up with enemy Hit Dice (it's harder to trip an experienced Gladiator than it is to trip a 1st level character, even if the Gladiator has worse AC).
If you miss, you miss.
If your damage penalty from the maneuver bid reduces your damage to 0 or less the maneuver fails.
- Marty Lund
Thursday, 28th June, 2012, 12:05 AM #8
Superhero (Lvl 15)
This system sounds fine to me, though obviously the math needs to work. What I don't get is, how is this "narrative combat?"
Also:Knockdown (–5 or –10)
(You bowl your enemy over, knocking him down.)
Effect: The target falls prone.
Penalty: This action has a –5 penalty if the target has two legs, has a –10 penalty if the target has three or four legs, and cannot be attempted if the target has more than four legs. You can attempt this action only against a creature of your size or smaller.
Thursday, 28th June, 2012, 12:09 AM #9
Cutpurse (Lvl 5)
Well, at least all the time-consuming, unimaginative, having to have a rule for everything seems to be module focused so far with a stripped down and lean core in the background. How having a rule is defined as narrative, I have no clue.
Thursday, 28th June, 2012, 12:18 AM #10
Defender (Lvl 8)
Hell, it could be as simple as:
Player: When I attack, I want to knock him down.
DM: Okay, roll your attack and damage, and roll a Strength Contest.
DM: Hit. *roll* And your Strength Contest beats the Orc's, so he's now prone as well.
(EDIT - removed stuff that wasn't really all that important, and had already been said above)
Last edited by Mercutio01; Thursday, 28th June, 2012 at 12:22 AM.
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