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OSR OOC: The hunt for the blue palace (Troika!/Yoon-Suin, full for now).

Ancalagon

Dusty Dragon
So, on combat: Play by post can slow down the fastest of systems, so here is some advice to make it go a bit faster.

The biggest difference in combat between Troika! and D&D is that whenever you attack in melee, there is a contest, and you could get hit. So in a single round, in a simple duel between 2 characters, each character would attack once, there would be 2 contests, and 2 injuries will be dealt (with the exception of a draw on the contest). So if you get in a sword fight with someone, somebody is going to get hurt.

So if you attack someone, roll both your skill + fighting skill (if any) + 2d6, and the damage (1d6) just to make things go faster.
If I tell you your character is attacked, you again boll both your skill + fighting skill (if any) + 2d6, and the damage (1d6). You can literally be charged by a goblin only to have it impale itself on your sword.

Ranged combat is similar although there is no chance of instant retaliation - you hit them or your don't, and on their turn they rush you, run away, shoot you with their bow etch. So melee combat is a high risk, high potential damage situation.

Armor and/or shields don't help you avoid getting hit - that is all due to martial skills. However, they help reduce damage, by modifying the 1d6 damage dice. This can make quite the difference. A knife stab with a 6 rolled on the damage dice does 8 (!) points of damage, but if you wore modest armor (-2 on the roll), you're now looking at 2 points of damage. Someone is about to wreck you with a greatsword (rolled a 5 on the damage dice, looking at 12 incoming damage!) but you are wearing heavy armor? It's now a roll of 2, for 4 points of damage... so yeah, armor = good. (but it takes inventory room!).

A few of you have multiple skills that apply in combat (usually fist or a weapon). Fists work well in a fight if you have a good skill rating, but the damage is very low. I leave it up to you to decide how you will fight.

Lastly, @JustinCase , your character has a very high Strength skill. You can use half of it (ie 2) as your "fighting skill", it represents literally bashing people around with sheer brawn.

The rule:
Strength
Used for lifting and breaking things. May also be used to grapple people if
no grappling-appropriate Weapon Skill is possessed, though it counts for
half rounded up.
6.8 Grapple
Roll Versus your opponent’s Wrestling Skill (or basic skill if no specific skill apply). If you win you may either
knock them to the ground or deal Damage as Unarmed and knock you
both to the ground (from throwing or tackling them). On a Mighty Blow
(7.4) you render them unconscious for 1d6 Rounds. If you fail to grapple
them they may deal Damage to you as though they had attacked you
normally whereas if you Fumble (7.5) they deal you a Mighty Blow.

As you can see, it's a bit of a risky move, but it's up to you (it's great in a bar fight). I'll also note it's a good move versus an opponent with a high weapon skill but poor wrestling skill.
 
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Ancalagon

Dusty Dragon
Pricing information:

1 gold = 5 rupees = 10 silvers = 100 cash (copper coins)

Basic meal: 5 cash (round copper coin with a hole in it)
Cheap meal: 2 cash
Provision: 1 silver
Bottle of cheap wine: 1 silver
Pot of tea of the third quality: 2 cash

Sword, pedestrian (a short, hacking blade used by people of low stature. A parang, charay etc): 3 gold
Sword, nice (same stats as a pedestrian sword, but looks distinguished. A scimitar, tulwar, ferengi etc): 15 gold
Dagger, fighting knife etc: 5 sp
Club, well made: 5 sp
stout stick: Free (as club, but -1 to skill)
Mace: 8 gold
Bow, plain: 10 gold
Arrows, 10: 1 gold
Brace of 3 throwing knives: 15 sp

Light armor, fit for a ruffian (rhino leather vest) 4 gp
Light armor, fit for a slugman (fine chain vest) 40 gp
Shield, hide and bone: 2 gp
Shield, metal: 15 gp.

Oil vial 2 sp
Sack 2 cash
50 feet rope: 5 sp
 

Fradak

Explorer
Miu, The Epopt.

 

Fradak

Explorer
The lawyer first, alright. But don't make me regret this or I'll give you something to analyse.

This is the ooc thread, right? :)
 
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Ancalagon

Dusty Dragon
I did @tuffghost12 in the main thread yes, and he did post a few times in the main thread too. There is no big rush because @JustinCase won't be free to post until Monday, but I would like the action to start so to speak :)
 

tuffghost12

Ghostly Tuft
I'm here!

Sorry guys. I was getting notification to my email whenever people posted, but I haven't been receiving anything for the past two days. I'll make sure to catch up. I see I missed a few things.
 
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tuffghost12

Ghostly Tuft
Kay — if anyone can confirm my math...
I have 10 rupees and 7 sp.

I bought:
  • 50 foot hemp rope = 5sp
  • sack = 2 cash
  • bone/hide shield = 2 gp

So, i'm left with:
1 sp, 98 cash?
 

Ancalagon

Dusty Dragon
I'm here!

Sorry guys. I was getting notification to my email whenever people posted, but I haven't been receiving anything for the past two days. I'll make sure to catch up. I see I missed a few things.
No worries, your post was juuust in time.

Now we get to test the combat system!

Re money. the shield costs your your 10 rupees, and the rope 5 of your starting 7 sp. Of the remaining 2, you have 1 silver piece and 8 cash. It's 1 sp = 10 cash, not 100.
 

tuffghost12

Ghostly Tuft
Re money. the shield costs your your 10 rupees, and the rope 5 of your starting 7 sp. Of the remaining 2, you have 1 silver piece and 8 cash. It's 1 sp = 10 cash, not 100.
Thanks!
Another question — What does hide and bone shield add to my current armor?
 

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