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  1. This usually alos the way I do it. But if the situation occurs, I would have them roll battle skill. If the bandits win they can decide how everyone is attacked. If the Pks wish they can both also roll then the highest can decide how the enemies are split between them. Of course you could also split the different combats: So you would have Herringdale vs bandit, Herringdale vs Wulfgar, Grigor vs Wulfgar, and Grigor vs bandit. Herringdale, Grigor, and Wulfgar need to split their attacks. As for ganging up upon 1. If it happens and other PKs can assist then some of the ga
  2. As @Morien said. He also answered the question of the difference between homage, fealty and loyalty in this thread:
  3. I was smart enough to download the images before the site went down. Since it was on a site I attached the file here. It was still unfinished.
  4. I see the Leap as just an oddity. So I do not incur a penalty for armor. But I must admit that using the penalty means that succeeding is really a feat that most knights fail. As for quick getting on your horse I also normally use the Horsemanship. In book of the Battle 2nd (v1.1) rescue a friend extended melee phase (page 77) it states also that Horsemanship to get on the horse again, but no difference between critical and success: both mean you are on your horse with your friend.
  5. This is exactly why I like this game so much. Its the drama of the knight. How to balance his love for his family with the loyalty to his lord. Or what happens when that seductive enchantress tries to take hold of you. To you succumb to her magics or do you stay loyal to your Lady. Do you remain Just or are you merciful to the defeated foe?
  6. I would say, but YPMV: Armor: No. It would be a breach of hospitality. The lord of the manor is obligated to protect those who are under his roof, so keeping your armor would say that you would not trust him to keep his word and would a be a big insult to his honor. Sword: It is seen as a symbol of your knighthood. So keeping it would be the standard. Of course suspicious lords may ask you to lay them down, but since it is your duty as a guest to protect the household it could be seen as an insult. Although of course it is the duty of the lord to protect you as a guest. Its not so bi
  7. Although the castle is a strong defence sometimes robber barons also have the backing of other (usually stronger) barons or they are at the edge of a lords land. It could be he is a pawn between bigger guys. It could be a ploy for one lord to keep another one busy. In Saxons! there is a sir Jauvre de Malestroit who holds a castle between Saxon and Cymri lands (on the edges of Kent). He raids both sides, but both sides also keep him in his castle because he raids the enemy as well as he is a barrier between both lands. Also the 'Adventure of the Pitiless Tower' in Saxons! gives a bre
  8. I am just glad I did it the right way all this time.
  9. Since a squire is supposed to be a training period I also agree that an older squire is a rarity. But this may change when becoming a knight becomes more expensive and is hard to do. Remember that even the great knight William Marshall only became a knight later in live. He did however command armies before that, so the position of knight was more ceremonial at that point. In my game most squires get a position of power within the household of a family member. Positions like steward/bailiff, reeve, huntsman, etc.So they end their training as squire.
  10. The Book of Knights and Ladies gives ideas for PKs from other regions. It also gives a list of the liege lords that go with it.
  11. I stand corrected. I used the 5.0 book indeed. Sorry about the confusion
  12. I see no problem. As you stated the two are far apart enough to have almost no confusion. On the other hand: Some confusion is not bad. It would only elavate the position of the younger Arthur when people think he did things the elder did. The shock of the elder Arthur could be devestating when the players think he is to be the real Arthur. You could as a GM state that this was not entirely planned, but you will see how it plays out. When the real Arthur appears they may be jumping on the bandwagon that much sooner.
  13. Page 119 of the rulebook explains the multiple opponent rules. It says: Up to three enemies may attack a single character on foot; only two may attack a single foe if all are mounted. I read also that you can do only one opponent damage. So even if you win both only one opponent gets the damage. (I never knew that. So it is good to reread the books sometimes. )
  14. Funny enough in my game the question 'who did it?' was never answered. I assume the PKs thought it was the Saxons and the rumours were clear, but they never thought to find out. So i had never needed to think about this. In my game Syagrius never really played a part so would not be my first choice. Seems also a bit grand I think. his revenge seems much more personal against Madoc, and maybe his father. Merlin could be the one. He may have had a vision on how things will play out in the future and set its course. The whole anarchy phase did set up the people to easily accept a new K
  15. It looks nice. I noticed you have given each power its own land. so all the lands of Escavalon are together. But in that case you should divide Logres as well. There is no king and there are some strong lords: Duke Lindsey in the north and Duke Silchester in the south. The map of 495 gives the strongest political parties at that moment, although other powers have shifted the ones in Logres do not. So they are not unified front. In fact in 503 according to the GPC Malahaut and Escavalon fight over the spoils (being Duke Lindsey). Also Kent and Essex join together to take London. Not s
  16. Too be honest The core rulebook is great book and holds so much information. It has so much: character generation (of course), but also information on foreign cultures, it has history of how it all came to be. It also gives an outline of the future (the rise and fall of Charlemagne). It even has some adventures in it. There is only one major drawback: I need to find time to play the system.
  17. That was me. The system was simple: Each spell is treated as a skill. Certain attack spells (like a magic dart or something) would then be just the same as shooting a bow or throwing a javelin. In the setting we used this method magic was dangerous, so had its drawbacks. One was that whether you succeed or fail you get some magical backlash (1d6, 2d6, or even 3d6 damage which heals after a good rest) . The damage was determined by the strength of a spell. Other drawbacks was that sometimes a failure did not mean that the spell failed, but acted in some unforseen and usually annoying
  18. Just to put in my 2c: I use the following houserule: Instead of having a standard shield bonus on a partial success you need to succeed in a DEX roll (not modified) to gain the 6 point defense of a shield. This means that you will need a reasonable DEX score to get the bonus.
  19. One of the fun parts is that the system makes people try to take more use of stealth, wits, charm and social interaction. Taking on a knight in full armour is suicide.
  20. For me Faeries work different from the sense that they have no morality that defines good or evil as we humans do. So there are fae that destroy things. They can be seen as evil, but not to the other fae. They just are there. I had King Oberon explain it to the PKs as such: Although I would like to help destroying the Dark Hart (the nemesis of the PKs and an evil fae). This is not my power. You see I am the right hand and the Dark hart is the left hand. While his power is destruction, mine is creation. In other words I cannot destroy. For me the Seelie court are the fae that stand for sum
  21. Funny enough I never used minitiature for a KAP game. Even thou I sometimes use them for other games systems. I think this has to do with the more individual combat of a knight. Each knight fighting his own foe. There is less ganging up on one target. In such an instance relative distances between combatants are not needed. Another reason is that it is less of a turn based game than other systems. You alrerady declared wwho you will attack and there is no option to switch opponents in a single combat round. So it will probably be unclear who killed the opponent as both strike hin at the
  22. As mentioned by others. Traits and Passions are the core of the system imho. It creates the drama of the questing knight. When he has to balance his love for his lady with his loyalty for his lord. Or when his valor fails him when confronted with the giant threatening his home. They are also the anchor for a novice player. Knowing your character is honest will help you in defining the character and play it out.
  23. Both supplements are in the same timeframe as Pendragon. You could use Saxons! to play out the King Arthur legend only witnessed from the other side. Aside from the issue with Saxons! as mentioned by @Morien you can use them in conjunction with the other books. I use the Saxons! book as a sourcebook for my GPC. Especially when they are going to those locations. Saxons! has information of the Saxon Coast. I do the same with other books like Savage Mountains (Cambria) or Perilous Forest (West Cumbria). The books have some more indepth maps of the area and a description of the various k
  24. Spells costs hitpoints to cast. The cost depended on the spell cast (usually either 1d6, 2d6, or 3d6 damage). Strong spells had a higher cost. But this could be mitigated a bit by making artefacts in advance (you could pay the cost in advance and then cast the spell at the apropriate time. Also the location you cast a spell (crossings of leylines and magical hotspots made it easier and had a less cost to it). But also a spell usually had a downside. And failing the spell could have dire consequences. Thus not only fumbles were dangerous, also failing could be dangerous. For instance
  25. True. But thats the difference between having a fixed number for glory and a more subjective measure in real life. Together with the odd connections between lords makes it almost impossible to determine who should be in front of whom. Also the fact that Modest is a christian virtue I think a lot of lords are very rpoud and to be honest the only way to distinguish yourself among your peers and get more glory is to be in the thick of the fighting, making glorious deeds. And sometimes this pays off, but most of the times it did not.
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