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Old 11-10-2017, 05:12 PM   #31
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Most rolls on 3D6 are 10 or 11 anyway. And you still get randomness from the players rolling...
Only 25% of rolls on 3d6 are either 10 or 11, I think.

With the opposed skill thing, thatís how I played GURPS 3e. In 4e though I found the wider variety of combat options made it more interesting to drop that house rule. YMMV.
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Old 11-10-2017, 06:08 PM   #32
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Only 25% of rolls on 3d6 are either 10 or 11, I think.
54/216 (25%) are 10 or 11. 104/216 (48.1%) are 9-12. To get up to 'most' requires adding 8 or 13 to the range (either gets it up to 125/216 or 57.9%).
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Old 11-10-2017, 08:45 PM   #33
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So you fight a novice. Let's say you choose to put in no more mental exertion than he does. You're saying your attacks are no less difficult to defend than his? I don't believe that is correct.
No. He said exactly the opposite of that.

The expert exerts himself, taking riskier moves (Deceptive Attack) which he has a better chance of performing the novice (who can't even perform that level of Deceptive at all) in order to advantage of the novice's much lower defensive capacity.

The expert simply doesn't get this for free. If he wants to just trade generic swings with his foe (expending no more "mental" effort than the novice), he will strike with more surety (only failing on a 17 or 18 where the novice misses on a 13+) and has a greater defensive capacity. So he is likely to eventually win (in the Infinite Whiteboard of Theorycrafting).

but the expert can afford to get sneaky. They can better throw Deceptive Attacks. They can Feint. They can aim for better targets (like their foe's weapon arm, or a leg) for a faster means of ending the fight.

But again, they don't get this if they just trade vanilla swings that they have managed to 'perfect'.
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Old 11-12-2017, 04:15 AM   #34
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Also note that an expert with skill 16+ gets a critical hit, which you get no defence against, about 9.3% of the time. That beginner with skill 10 gets a critical ~1.9% of the time.
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