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Rob Darvall

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  1. It'd really depend on how fine-grained you want to go. There are moves I find similar across halberd, longsword (Lichtenauer, Meyer style weapons), and walking stick. Yet if I go only slightly finer-grained there are huge differences between longsword and greatsword (Spadone, Montante, etc). I've not trained with a kopis but the shape indicates a chopping weapon [weight forward etc as Baron Wulfraed says above] with a thrust ability which style would be much less effective used with the double edged southern swords with the weight more toward the hilt. Many of the muscle memory effects would play tricks on the wielder until they got used to the new weapon (AKA training). I'd think the kopis more different from the broadsword than the broadsword is from the longsword. There are some people who can just pick up a new weapon and use it. Humakt can have them for all of mine. If you want to adjust rules in line with RW experience you will probably wind up chasing your tail down smaller and smaller rabbit holes. The rules nod in passing to SCA experience and charge on with the game. The RW varies enormously between user (I frex have shoulder trouble and so can't use some of the higher guards as well), encumberance, style and balance of weapon etc. A long term user of one style of weapon may find their muscle development actually hinders the use of another style. Overdeveloped traps from work are part of my shoulder mobility issues. Suffice it to say I'll stick with the RAW because the kopis system would be a very different beast to the broadsword system. My take would be that a kopis user sufficiently experienced to switch into another style intellectually easily would have embodied issues to penalise them. AND what does your sword god think?
  2. I'd say pretty much ALL gods except CA. Mechanisms and triggers would be different, Hon Eel frex being much more likely to do so than Lankor Mhy.
  3. Thank you for this insight. My (much extended) Gifts of Prax interlude has gain another episode.
  4. One of my players is an "Allied" spirit of a would be Khan of a near extinct sept of Rhino riders (another PC). He can transfer between the Rhino and a Rhino-horn knobkerrie. He's the much reduced wyter of the near extinct sept of Rhino riders so the question is who is the ally and who the primary partner in their relationship. The spirit naturally believes he is the important one. Watching a 14yo role play a rhinoceros is proving endlessly entertaining.
  5. Aha! I now know where Balvor Foglegs's (PC in the current campaign.) journey is going.
  6. Hibernate, like any sensible Odaylan.
  7. These two things work together at my table to produce an extra bit of urgency to beetling about Prax. Leading to low RP characters taking risks to get home in time. AKA plot hooks.
  8. Potentially like the fechtbuch of the late middle ages onward. Technique described (with varying degrees of clarity) and hopefully accompanied by useful illustration. A good fechbuch could also increase the writer's Reputation, if he studies his Agrippa.
  9. Spirit magic is proving vital to my players. The scenario has been tough enough that they are counting down the days until the next worship ceremony. And desperately scrambling to complete the quest and get back to a temple. As a result they're hording rune magic like it's 1980. Spirit spells are their go-to magic ATM.
  10. Raveena remains one of my favourite pieces. Her story can be seen on her body and face.
  11. My Morocanth all sound like Frank Spencer (I've no idea how this happenned)
  12. What are the capital crimes in Orlanthi society? I think I remember "Consorting with Chaos" being one. Crimes meritting formal capital punishment have probably put the criminal outside the honor system already.
  13. But what would they return with? In The Far Place no one can hear you scream?
  14. Remember that the intelligentsias' reaction to Tolkien was "Not another fucking elf. ..." and that was his friend. JRR is now a serious branch of literary scholarship. Now that postmodernism has openned the way for our little hobby to be considered as the serious collective creativity it is, I can see this happenning. Because it proceeds from a postmodernist premise. YGWV pretty much encapsulates postmodernism. Greg, Barker, and to a lesser extent Gygax, and their successors and collaborators have produced a genre that requires co-creation and multiple viewpoints on the world. The first two mentioned are highest up my list due to the coherence of their worlds. There's little point in comparing "their" creations to Tolkien. They inhabit different genres and philosophical approaches.
  15. The bloke who showed us at school was hitting, reasonably consistently, large milo tins at the length of the running track. Which means he's hitting a roughly 200mm by 200mm target at 50m-ish. I never saw whether it penetrated or not. I also don't know if he was exceptional at it or not.
  16. So why, exactly, are you striking rhino riders across the flanks with a riding crop?
  17. And more than most of us expected. Thanks.
  18. There was once a fairly horrific take on Voriof that involved fighting Telmori through the mechanism of ritual cannibalism. While it was definitely non-canonical it was well done enough to provide an interesting perspective. You got a definite feeling of life on the edge and what Pratchett called "the dreadful algebra of neccessity."
  19. My son just suggested etching it into a cliff face. A wall if you will.
  20. I love Andrew's stuff but my two most used and looted JC scenarios are Rocks Fall & Stone and Bone. Little adventures I can slot in quickly.
  21. A "bird" from a race cursed because of their support for Orlanth? A good lawspeaker could make a case. But then: A good lawspeaker could make a case. You could have both, with an argument between ancestors thrown in for more MGF.
  22. Or the heroquest they experience could determine their gender (or their initial gender at least). Much as environmental factors determine the sex of many aquatic creatures (crocodiles, clown fish etc) in the RW.
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