Sunday, January 20, 2013

Using weapon speed factors as recoil

In Mongoose Traveller, some weapons have a recoil number. I like that implementation, since it allows you to fire a big gun and then that recoil number adds to your initiative next turn. Simple, and effective. Now imagine if there was an easy way to use those pesky weapon speed factors from 1st edition AD&D? Maybe there is.

How about you do the same thing? Sure, initiative is a very different beast in AD&D but considering how many hacks of that system there is, yet another wont make much of a difference.

So, roll 1d10 for initiative. Then add that weapon speed, and count up from 1. You could probably use it both with individual and with group initiative. One size fits all, eh?

Let me know if you try it, or have already tried it out. I think is sounds neat, on paper at least.

6 comments:

  1. I use the figures from the second edition PH. Longsword (weapon speed 5)is the default with higher numbers giving a minus to initiative (Halberd weapon speed 8 gives a -3 to the roll) and lower numbers a bonus(Shortsword 3 gives a +2). I play Pathfinder Basic by the way, but it's not so basic now that I've tinkered with it! :)

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    1. Pathfinder, with such a hack? Interesting mix.

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    1. Now, I have never (strangely enough) actually thought much about other ways to handle initiative in T&T than by the book.

      Interesting.

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  3. I used to do that years ago... with more than a few party members of mid level or higher, especially against a mixed group of monsters with equally diverse attacks to choose from, the combination of weapon speed and multiple attacks tended to make resolving combat drag on that little bit too long - nowadays I prefer Basic/Expert D&D

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    1. Well, I can imagine. I thought it might be a workable solution if you absolutely wanted to do speed factors. Obviously not a too far off idea, since you did try it out.

      I prefer B/X myself as well...

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