Re: talk softly and carry a big stick

From: KYER, JEFFREY <jeff.kyer_at_...>
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2000 11:32:43 -0500

Nick Hollingsworth wrote:
> Assume I am nifty-sword-stuff 10w2, talk-reason 10. In a potential combat
> situation
> my basic intent is "try to defuse the situation first, but if it comes to a
> fight kill
> them". If I use talk-reason as my opening skill I get 10 AP instead of 50.
> On round 2,
> having failed to stop the fight, I switch to nifty-sword-stuff, but am
> already 40 AP worse
> off.
> No doubt you can come up with reasons that might do to explain this as a
> one-off, but
> it does not seem reasonable to me that going for this tactic should backfire
> if a fight
> breaks out.

I'd consider defusing the fight a conflict that happens *before* things drop into the pot. If you managed your straight contest (with penalties or modifiers as appropriate -- eg, our ubiqutious charging great troll) and if that failed...

THEN we start the fun with you getting your 50 or so AP.


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