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Re: Great Game, Lame Rule?
« Reply #50 on: October 29, 2008, 02:14:12 PM »
Yeah, that'd be the ones. I always found it amusing you could get a decapitation result with a sling stone.

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Re: Great Game, Lame Rule?
« Reply #51 on: October 29, 2008, 02:15:49 PM »
Of course, RuneQuest's fumble tables were about as silly.

(I forget the percentages, but in a unit of 1000 veteran warriors armed with axes, you could expect 6 of them to self-decapitate every round.  Let me go check my copy of Murphy's Rules...)

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Re: Great Game, Lame Rule?
« Reply #52 on: October 29, 2008, 05:20:20 PM »
Of course, RuneQuest's fumble tables were about as silly.

(I forget the percentages, but in a unit of 1000 veteran warriors armed with axes, you could expect 6 of them to self-decapitate every round.  Let me go check my copy of Murphy's Rules...)

Ok... how are axes swung in the game? All the ways I know to swing an axe, the edge is no where near the neck, or is in a way where it cant touch it.

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Re: Great Game, Lame Rule?
« Reply #53 on: October 29, 2008, 05:41:15 PM »
I think that's the point about how silly it is.  Kind of like shooting yourself in the face with an arrow takes rare talent. *points to HH's post above*

I did once take out a buffalo in-game with a slingstone.  Critical hit, with the lucky-shot house rules that our GM implemented to make people think farther than 'Heavy crossbow maxes out at 18 hp of damage.  I can take it even without armor.'  We always explained it as the stone went in one ear and out the other.

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Re: Great Game, Lame Rule?
« Reply #54 on: October 29, 2008, 05:53:52 PM »
I remembered incorrectly.

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Murphy's Rules, Second Edition 1988 (Steve Jackson Games)
Page 21

"In a 30 minute Runequest battle involving 6000 armored, experienced warriors using Great Axes, more than 150 will decapitate themselves and another 600 will chop off their own arms or legs."


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Re: Great Game, Lame Rule?
« Reply #55 on: October 29, 2008, 09:17:45 PM »
I remembered incorrectly.

(ahem)

Murphy's Rules, Second Edition 1988 (Steve Jackson Games)
Page 21

"In a 30 minute Runequest battle involving 6000 armored, experienced warriors using Great Axes, more than 150 will decapitate themselves and another 600 will chop off their own arms or legs."

I heard once that that was entirely deliberate, but I'm not very familiar with RuneQuest or its designers, so I have no idea how good my information is.

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Re: Great Game, Lame Rule?
« Reply #56 on: October 29, 2008, 09:57:26 PM »
Basically if you extrapolate from the critical fumble tables, a large enough number of contestants over a long enough period of time will give the mentioned results.   :)  I dread to see what would happen were we to replicate this with, say, anything from the Roll-master line of rules...