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Can someone point me in the direction of houserules to avoid the use of the Resistance Table? I know there have a been a few alternatives but I'm drawing a blank right now.

The general approach is to use opposed rolls instead. If you want a strength contest for example then rather than doing it on the resistance table you use an opposed contest of two Effort rolls (STR*5%). Similarly if you want to use POW vs POW you do a contest of POW*5 vs POW*5.

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Not sure about the opposed rolls route. Seems kind of strange for a door to make a roll to resist being opened...I think in my set of rules I might just go for a written explanation of the formula rather than the big table. It's pretty simple after all when you get it - to my mind the table is not necessary.

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Not sure about the opposed rolls route. Seems kind of strange for a door to make a roll to resist being opened...I think in my set of rules I might just go for a written explanation of the formula rather than the big table. It's pretty simple after all when you get it - to my mind the table is not necessary.

this ist true. I am not sure why chaosium does always display this table in every incarnation of BRP. Maybe its an insider joke for them? It takes away 1/2 page space in the book. Its so easy to calculate the odds on the fly. (5% per point difference - so for what is this table?)

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this ist true. I am not sure why chaosium does always display this table in every incarnation of BRP. Maybe its an insider joke for them? It takes away 1/2 page space in the book. Its so easy to calculate the odds on the fly. (5% per point difference - so for what is this table?)

There is always someone who hates maths. :)

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There is always someone who hates maths. :)

As the person who created it for RQ decades ago, I can tell you that it was created because several of the play-testers had trouble doing math on the fly from Steve's original formula of 50% + 5% of the difference. I did nothing more than chart it up in pencil on some large square graph paper that I used in the Navy for charting. It was cut & pasted into the playtest rules - I believe I still have my copy of them from 30+ years ago. So it is merely a convenience tool. I like it for being vs inanimate object or force but use the Stat vs Stat on a D20 or Stat*5 vs Stat*5 on a D100 when two sentient beings are involved and actively competing.

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As the person who created it for RQ decades ago, I can tell you that it was created because several of the play-testers had trouble doing math on the fly from Steve's original formula of 50% + 5% of the difference. I did nothing more than chart it up in pencil on some large square graph paper that I used in the Navy for charting. It was cut & pasted into the playtest rules - I believe I still have my copy of them from 30+ years ago. So it is merely a convenience tool. I like it for being vs inanimate object or force but use the Stat vs Stat on a D20 or Stat*5 vs Stat*5 on a D100 when two sentient beings are involved and actively competing.

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Well, nobody questions about the necessity of the resistance systems. Its an amazing useful and elegant BRP tool. I just dont get that in a world were 90% of all rpger are D&D nerds which seem to have no problem with dozens of math heavy tables and myriards of senseless rules its necessary to have a 1/2p table for a simple 5% per point formula. I mean even a 10y old could calculate this on the fly. In 20y of playing I know nobody who ever consulted the table when using the resistance mechanics. So my conclusio is that its wasted book space. But maybe I and my friends are math genius :)

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If you did not notice, there is a table for specials, criticals and fumbles, too :)

Seriously, if I caugth my daughter ever asking for a calculator or a table for doing the maths in a RPG (it will not take long before she gets interested in the matter) I would bash her on the head and send her studying her maths again.

But if someone has little fun doing calculatios, there is no reason to not waste a sheet with some tables. The resistance table alone will not kill a tree.

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If you did not notice, there is a table for specials, criticals and fumbles, too :)

Seriously, if I caugth my daughter ever asking for a calculator or a table for doing the maths in a RPG (it will not take long before she gets interested in the matter) I would bash her on the head and send her studying her maths again.

But if someone has little fun doing calculatios, there is no reason to not waste a sheet with some tables. The resistance table alone will not kill a tree.

Really a table for specials? wow I didnt know this. In which book?

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