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Old 06-01-2009, 10:47 PM   #11
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Default Re: Melee combat: Can boxing use brass knuckles to parry edged weapons?

Well, professional boxing mght indicate 'sports boxing' in which stretching things out with brass knuckles and parrying sword attacks seems a lengthy familarity distance distance.

Anyways, I would side with the agressive parry manuever suggested above. Though with some weapons it seems very odd, though its on par with the side step feint, multi-jab combonation attack.
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Old 06-01-2009, 11:08 PM   #12
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I'm no martial artist myself, but when I stumble upon boxing contests on TV, I see that boxers parry blows with the arms. Therefore, the parry has to be relearned for bladed weapons, makeing it a technique based on the boxing parry, giving some DR protecting the hand if the parry was successful.

But I'm afraid that the blade would have a nasty tendency to glide along the brassknuckles, effectively being guided to the hand or arm by the very object that is supposed to protect the limb in the first place. So it might make sense as a secret technique for cinematic games, but would not make sense in a realistic game. If it would be (relatively) easy, or possible at all, it would be a common technique in one of the most prominent Western martial arts, i.e. boxing, for a long time.
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Old 06-01-2009, 11:15 PM   #13
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Default Re: Melee combat: Can boxing use brass knuckles to parry edged weapons?

There area number of ways to "parry" when boxing. Sometimes you use a light "slap" or tap to knock their hand away. I use this most often with my left hand. There's also the "catch", where you parry the blow with the palm of your hand. I tend to prefer a counter-punch with a strong straight rather than parry a jab, but that's me.

As far as parrying with brass knuckles: NO. Even Cesti(big nasty gloves with spikes and blades on them) don't allow this. So no. You're unarmed.
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Old 06-02-2009, 06:23 AM   #14
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The title says it all. Well, almost.

I GM a campaign where one of the players created a professional boxer. He swears up and down that since brass knuckles are listed under melee weapons, that he can use them to parry edged weapons and does not suffer the failed unarmed parry penalties. [B376] In addition, he also believes that if someone wielding a weapon parries his punches, he isn't susceptible to the attack against the limb of the unarmed attacker. (again, [B376])
This sounds like your player is trying to use wilful misinterpretation rather than common sense. Where does he claim that Brass Knuckles are listed as a melee weapon? I'm guessing he means the table on p.B271, right underneath the Punch entry? If that were the only qualifier, then would that not mean that punches themselves counted as "armed parries" as well?

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I believe that brass knuckles only allow boxing to do more damage. They are not a weapon unto themselves, and thus do not negate the penalties for an unarmed parry against a weapon and vice versa. Part of my argument is that in both cases, (unarmed parries and parries against unarmed) the weapon attack is resolved against the limb of the unarmed, rather than the hand.
Basically, yes. I think there was a mention somewhere (can't remember if Basic Set or MA) that the armed opponent could choose to hit the hand/foot rather than the limb, but I'm not sure if this was in situation of unarmed attack, parry or both. In any case, I can't seem to find it now. It does seem that the limb is the default assumption of the rules.
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Another part is that brass knuckles are not physically large enough to successfully parry (or block a parry) of an edged weapon like a sword or rapier or such. If they were gauntlet sized, yes.
Well, in the case of gauntlet or cestus, I would still not treat them as "armed" in this context. I think part of the intention of the RAW is that most weapons are an extension of the body and allow the wielder to attack/defend without putting as much of their limbs at risk. Someone fighting with brass knuckles/gauntlets/cestus/etc is still using that limb directly and I believe that same rules should apply. The benefit of gauntlet-type coverings is that they count as partial (or even total) armour, granting their DR when the location is hit. I would give an X in 6 chance that the DR of the covering counts, depending on the description of the item.

The RAW benefit (beyond damage bonus) which applies to punching with anything other than a bare hand, is the reduction of injury risk when punching someone in hard armour.

In connection with this topic, there was also an optional rule which TKD called "Harsh Realism for Armed Fighters". It was in a 2008 article of the old Pyramid, so you may not have access to that. Basically, one of the suggestions was that when an armed parry hits an unarmed attack, that the weapon do only half, rather than full damage. The logic behind this was that the weapon-wielder is only reacting in defence and doesn't get a full-power swing, I think. Personally I like the logic of that optional rule. It may also help to mollify your player a little, provided that the rule make sense to you as well, of course ;)
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Old 06-02-2009, 07:04 AM   #15
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If you allow a player to parry with brass knuckles, there is a 3 in 6 chance of it breaking when parrying a large knife. parrying any weapon 2 lb or over automaticly breaks the brass knuckles and the parry doesn't even count.(Parrying Heavy Weapons on page b376)

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And just because it is listed on the on the Melee Weapon Table doesn't automaticly make it able to "parry edged weapons and does not suffer the failed unarmed parry penalties". Punches and kicks are also listed and they do suffer unarmed penalties.

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Old 06-02-2009, 06:12 PM   #16
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Thanks to all that replied. I now have some serious ammunition to take to our next session.
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Old 06-02-2009, 06:17 PM   #17
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why don't you try it in real life and see what happens?
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Old 01-18-2010, 02:29 AM   #18
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I'd stand by the answer "only in a cinematic campaign". If you have trouble convincing the player tell them that if they can show you a martial arts manual or a real world account (not a movie, since cinema is by it's nature cinematic) that shows people doing this then you'll let them do it in future but for the time being the answer is no. I ussally find challenging a player to proove their claims stops a good degree of sillyness.
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I'd stand by the answer "only in a cinematic campaign". If you have trouble convincing the player tell them that if they can show you a martial arts manual or a real world account (not a movie, since cinema is by it's nature cinematic) that shows people doing this then you'll let them do it in future but for the time being the answer is no. I ussally find challenging a player to proove their claims stops a good degree of sillyness.
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Old 01-18-2010, 08:36 PM   #20
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This thread was in the ground for 6 months. Why must you disturb it's eternal slumber?
Oddly enough it was on the first page of the forum when I logged on the other day.
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