Mass combat and collective ratings.

From: Alex Ferguson <abf_at_...>
Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2000 02:44:30 +0100 (BST)

Brian Laxson on his mass combat rules:

> One other aspect to keep in mind is that the base AP is based on the
> force size NOT it's skill.

Why, though? This is completely inconsistent with HW on collective ratings. The beauty of those rules is that APs are simply additive, and you can quite happily mix forces of any size, without getting hideous problems. So if I want to treat a platoon as a unit, but one single hero as a 'unit', too, no problem. TNs are a bit trickier, I admit...

> As I think about it the system favours an army with one core high skill
group, a mass
> of average troops fighting alongside them and perhaps a few supporting arms
> skirmishers and bowmen. This is very consistent with the armies of Glorantha
and the
> "real world" similiar societies.

As are the existing HW rules. In both cases, though, one would want to apply common sense: one guy with a TN of 4W4 and 1000 guys at 14 should _not_ be treated as 14W4+augments/1084, would be my off the top of my head guess...


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