Re: Re: Mile-throw javelins

From: Roderick and Ellen Robertson <rjremr_at_...>
Date: Sun, 22 Aug 2004 09:09:55 -0700

> That's how I work it. Anyway, even if you say the javelin flies for
> a mile, that doesn't preclude it passing through someone on the way.
> Though, thinking about that, a minimaxer might suggest it could cut
> a whole file out of a serried enemy phalanx, but I'd hope that
> common sense would ensure that a narrator rule that the javelin
> would have flown for a mile were it not for the numerous Dara
> Happans beginning to be kebabbed along it...

You callin' me a Minimaxer, bub?

I suggested just such a scenario a few messages back. The answer to that problem is the Multiple Opponent modifier. Sure, you can *attempt* to take out an entire file of hoplites, but that's something on the order of -27 (for 10 guys to the file) (And don't forget the distance modifier, -3 to -20, depending on *final* distance the javelin travels for a total penalty of -30 to -47 to your Phalanx Kebab feat.

*And* it's your roll against the *best* of the enemy rolls... If the first guy in the phalanx deflects the missile, you do nothing. (A really nice narrator might roll each hoplite sequentially, stopping when he got a better roll than the player, and only assigning damage to those hoplites actually "hit" A nasty one would just take the best roll and declare that you did nothing).

It is by my order and for the good of the state that the bearer of this has done what he has done.
- Richelieu

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