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WhiteLily 09-07-2020 03:55 PM

Attacking from above
 
The D&D rules have traditionally considered it to be an advantage to attack from a higher elevation and will give those attackers a small bonus to hit.

According to page 95 of Exploits, Attacking from above suffers a -2 penalty.

Did D&D get it wrong?

Dalin 09-07-2020 04:41 PM

Re: Attacking from above
 
See Combat at Different Levels, Exploits, p. 47, for what you're talking about. The short of it is that it affects Active Defenses, with a bonus for the higher fighter and a penalty for the lower one. Because the bonuses and penalties affect defenses, they are on part of the Active Defense Modifiers table on p. 97.


The -2 attack penalty for attacking from above is fully fleshed out on p. 38. It represents dropping down from above onto or next to a victim. (Leaping down from a balcony, chandelier, etc.) The victim gets an identical penalty to their defense, so the penalty isn't that bad for a skilled attacker.

WhiteLily 09-07-2020 04:44 PM

Re: Attacking from above
 
I was wondering if they were referring to the jumping down on someone maneuver.

Is there no bonus to higher elevation? Attacking from horseback?

Anders 09-08-2020 03:13 AM

Re: Attacking from above
 
See Combat at Different Levels p. 47.

WhiteLily 09-08-2020 09:33 AM

Re: Attacking from above
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Anders (Post 2342589)
See Combat at Different Levels p. 47.

Sometimes I wish the rules were organized a bit differently.

Anders 09-08-2020 11:12 AM

Re: Attacking from above
 
At least these books have a usable index. We've been playing some other games and finding stuff in there is... interesting.

corwyn 09-11-2020 09:59 PM

Re: Attacking from above
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Anders (Post 2342636)
At least these books have a usable index. We've been playing some other games and finding stuff in there is... interesting.

Honestly, I've always considered that one of GURPS major strengths. Compared to say, a WoD index.


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