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About d_ns

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  1. I guess I just would have preferred a different wording or a different mechanic, but considering now that they also, potentially, impact free INT/max spells/manipulations, it might be valid to say "Your Summoning Ritual is 88%, so you're quite good at it, even though your Summon (Healing Spirit) is only 8%"
  2. In the shower, where I do all my best thinking, I realized why I have issues with the armor reducing damage classes idea - it means that light armor can't ever protect you from taking damage from a heavier weapon. 2 point leather would make a d10 weapon into a d6 weapon, say, meaning that you're taking damage, where if you had 2 point leather on versus a d10 roll, you'd have a 20% chance of avoiding damage altogether. Not sure which is closer to realistic, but it feels wrong to say that your leather can't ever protect you from damage from a larger weapon, even close blows.
  3. If I'm going that route, I'm going balls out, and that giant is going to do a d26 damage. Or maybe I'd start looking at it differently and deal with multiple dice with minuses, to keep the 1 minimum value, but also keep the curve. So while a 1d4+2 can become 1d6 easily enough, 2d6+2 (3-14) becomes 2d6+1d4-2 (1-14) maybe.
  4. That's understandable, it's just surprising that a system that expects one to expand one's skill with individual spells (like Sorcery) would be designed to use the same Ritual Skills at the expense of it's own skill system. Does lend some validity to the RQII/Legend system (and maybe earlier) by which you gain skill percentages in your Grimoire, which impacts all of the related spells, including summoning spells.
  5. Thanks! That does definitely explain a few things. Except why you'd ever "study up" a Summon (Species) spell as a sorcerer. If the skill is always equal to the ritual, why increase the spell percentage?
  6. You're close to where I'm coming from, but I think that my question remains valid in either interpretation. If a graze is a 1HP hit, why can't I do that with a dagger (1d3+2), ever? If it's a near miss that causes no damage, what of the tip slash that causes a tiny bit of damage? I still can't do that with the 1d3+2 dagger. I can't do anything short of 3 points of damage, while a short sword can do 1 or 2 in the right (no db) hands.
  7. I'd not thought of that, but it does make some sense. I don't want to get too Rolemaster, but it might even make sense for some weapons to have a bonus to Damage Class based on armor type, as well as points. I'd be keen to see what you've come up with, if it's remotely ready to share.
  8. That feels logical, but I'll be damned if I can find so much as an example that implies it, let alone an actual rule. Cormac's character sheet has him with "Summon POW Spirit" equal to his skill with the Summoning ritual, instead of POWX5 + Magic Bonus, so I think you're on to something.
  9. So, every game I run into anymore, I find myself asking this question when it comes to weapon damage (or other damage rolls, honestly) - why are there ever situations where it is impossible to only do a single point of damage? Example: A character is hit by a short spear (1d6+1 damage). The lowest damage roll possible with that spear is 2. It is literally impossible to cause only a single point of damage. It gets worse if the wielder has a +1d4 db, when now that spear can't do any less than 3 damage. Heaven forbid he's got a naginata (2d6+2) and is a giant with +2d6 db! This sort of thin
  10. Since we are hashing out RQ III Sorcery, can anyone tell me how Summoning ritual skill interacts with Summoning (Species) spell skill?
  11. Have you gone into any detail anywhere on how you might be changing Combat Styles from the MRQ days? They are one of the more divisive areas of the RQII world. Even just some better notes indicating how they can be used, and how, much like cults and the like, you're expected as the GM to do some work deciding which ones are valid in your world would be helpful.
  12. I'm honestly surprised they gave it a straight dice plus mods damage, when they already have the 'stun' keyword in place for things like tasers and shock whips. Why not just let it be that you roll the damage, subtract armor, and make the target roll a simple resistance with his head (or other location) hitpoints versus the damage? Joe average is going to have what, a 35% chance to avoid being K.O. in one. Make it really cinematic and halve his chances if it's from ambush. Either way, I'd think it makes sense for anyone who is knocked out with non-lethal damage to wake up with one point of
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