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Old 03-10-2018, 11:58 AM   #1
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Hi every one,

I thought that I had read, somewhere, that there was a way to effectively reduce two combatants' skill when both had high attack v defense, but I am having trouble finding it.

Something like either dividing both skills by two or subtracting some number from both.

Does anyone know where I can find this rule in the Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game boxed set books?
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Old 03-10-2018, 12:10 PM   #2
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Hi every one,

I thought that I had read, somewhere, that there was a way to effectively reduce two combatants' skill when both had high attack v defense, but I am having trouble finding it.

Something like either dividing both skills by two or subtracting some number from both.

Does anyone know where I can find this rule in the Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game boxed set books?
The "reduce skills" thing is not usually done for combats (it's for Quick Contests). If you have a character with very high attack skills or defense skills, look for Deceptive Attack (Attack Option), where you take -2 to attack for -1 to the foe's defense. If you voluntarily reduce your skill to 16, you get the benefit of maximum critical hit threshold barring special or house rules, still only fail on a 17-18, and reduce your foe's defense as well.

It's a core part of the game, but easy to overlook.
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Old 03-10-2018, 12:19 PM   #3
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I thought that I had read, somewhere, that there was a way to effectively reduce two combatants' skill when both had high attack v defense, but I am having trouble finding it.
You're thinking of Quick Contests, where it's a one-off Contested skill or attribute roll, the highest skill is reduced to 14, the lower one is reduced by the same amount the higher one was reduced.

It's a useful method of determining a contested action when you need a more clear winner and loser and you're not just comparing Margins of Success.



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The "reduce skills" thing is usually done for combats.
I think you're missing a 'not' in there.
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Old 03-10-2018, 01:18 PM   #4
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Feints are another way to get around defenses that often get overlooked.
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Old 03-10-2018, 02:50 PM   #5
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Thanks, everyone.

Everything listed in the replies is helpful, but I think what I read must have been on a forum or blog post, somewhere, then.

What I remember was that it was the same adjustment to both the attacker and defender in order to shorten a fight when both were highly skilled. I think the idea was dividing both by 2 (or even 3 at higher skill levels).
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Old 03-10-2018, 06:42 PM   #6
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Hey, I found it.

(. . . after I was writing a reply to discount it.)

See page 8 of Exploits under Regular Contests.

This may be a new departure from GURPS. For the original solution, see my discussion below under Extra Info.

The idea in both solutions is to bring the high skills back into the dice rolling range that is optimal for the game (3 to 18).

This new DFRPG solution recommends making the translation by dividing or multiplying by a common factor. The original solution was to subtract or add by a common amount.

Now, since the compensation applies to Contests, I would NOT think it would be typically used for combat.

However, it seems to me that a combat attack can be thought of as a Regular Contest of an attack skill vs. an active defense. Does somebody know if this comparison has been made in the forums? Is it valid?

In any event, for combat, I would primarily rely on the option given by DouglasCole above:

Deceptive Attack (Exploits, pg. 38) gives an attacker a way to lower the defender's active defense when the attacker has sufficient skill. If the defender keeps rolling under his skill, you want to reduce it.

(Zuljita's feint suggestion is important too.)

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The GURPS Basic Set has a provision for reducing high competing skills when engaging in a Regular Contest (pg. 349). (This is the option referenced in a preceding post by Evileeyore.)

The idea here revolves around the fact that rolling 3d6 produces values close to 10 in the range of 3 to 18. It is ideal to try to move competing really high skills closer into this range relative to each other.

Arguably, the D&D mechanic is more elegant with competing high skills. The linear d20 roll is always added to the skill and there is no warping of the probability that must be conformed to. The D&D elegance comes from the fact that there is not the need for "rules" to keep things in bounds as in DFRPG/GURPS. Some examples are The Rule of 16 (Exploits, pg. 8) and The Rule of 14 for Fright Checks, not called that in DFRPG but still there on pg. 10 of Exploits.
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Old 03-10-2018, 06:45 PM   #7
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Perhaps you recall rules from Third Edition? It was something like, "If both combatants have skill 24, reduce both by 10 so they have skill-14." It was like that for ST or something as well, like for reducing an animal's stats in an all-animal campaign (e.g., Bunnies & Boroughs). I can almost picture it in the Basic Set, in a sidebar in the upper-left of the page.
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Old 03-10-2018, 08:51 PM   #8
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I thought that I had read, somewhere, that there was a way to effectively reduce two combatants' skill when both had high attack v defense, but I am having trouble finding it.
As of GURPS 4e, handling high combat skill levels is done right: it's a normal part of the rules, using Deceptive Attack and/or Feint to "beat down" high defense. It's a good thing that a Parry-16 (or whatever) fighter who's ready, unhindered, and facing a generic attack once per turn is essentially untouchable; foes should have to use some tactic to get by his defense (Feint, Deceptive Attack, swarm attacks, multiple attacks, missile attacks, summon Cthulhu attacks, etc. etc.). No artificial adjustments needed!

I think what you have in mind are rules referring to Regular Contests that never get resolved because both sides keep making the roll (or both keep failing it). Some artificial adjustment may be needed here. (Not so with Quick Contests, where margin of success/failure always resolves things.)

I think the most important use for artificial adjustment of Contests has always been Contests of ST. These, unfortunately, can be considered "broken" even in 4e; they would ideally determine outcomes from the relative difference in ST scores, but instead do so based on the absolute difference. An artificial adjustment can fix this – i.e., taking ST 1 vs 2, ST 10 vs 20, and ST 50 vs 100, and treating all of those equally (and properly) as ST 10 vs 20.

(That said, most Contests of ST take place down around human ranges anyway, and if you just let a typical Contest (ST 8 vs 12, ST 14 vs 21, whatever) take place without adjustments, chances are no one will complain...)

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...an all-animal campaign (e.g., Bunnies & Boroughs).
A certain Bugs B., cotton-tailed native of Brooklyn, would love to see that game. : )
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Old 03-10-2018, 09:34 PM   #9
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Hey, I found it.

(. . . after I was writing a reply to discount it.)

See page 8 of Exploits under Regular Contests.

This may be a new departure from GURPS. For the original solution, see my discussion below under Extra Info.

The idea in both solutions is to bring the high skills back into the dice rolling range that is optimal for the game (3 to 18).

This new DFRPG solution recommends making the translation by dividing or multiplying by a common factor. The original solution was to subtract or add by a common amount.

Now, since the compensation applies to Contests, I would NOT think it would be typically used for combat.

However, it seems to me that a combat attack can be thought of as a Regular Contest of an attack skill vs. an active defense. Does somebody know if this comparison has been made in the forums? Is it valid?

In any event, for combat, I would primarily rely on the option given by DouglasCole above:

Deceptive Attack (Exploits, pg. 38) gives an attacker a way to lower the defender's active defense when the attacker has sufficient skill. If the defender keeps rolling under his skill, you want to reduce it.

(Zuljita's feint suggestion is important too.)

Extra Info:

The GURPS Basic Set has a provision for reducing high competing skills when engaging in a Regular Contest (pg. 349). (This is the option referenced in a preceding post by Evileeyore.)

The idea here revolves around the fact that rolling 3d6 produces values close to 10 in the range of 3 to 18. It is ideal to try to move competing really high skills closer into this range relative to each other.

Arguably, the D&D mechanic is more elegant with competing high skills. The linear d20 roll is always added to the skill and there is no warping of the probability that must be conformed to. The D&D elegance comes from the fact that there is not the need for "rules" to keep things in bounds as in DFRPG/GURPS. Some examples are The Rule of 16 (Exploits, pg. 8) and The Rule of 14 for Fright Checks, not called that in DFRPG but still there on pg. 10 of Exploits.
Thanks, Tom H. That part about Regular Contests is what I was trying to find.

While I love D&D, especially 3.x and Pathfinder, I am really intrigued by the 3d6 system used by GURPS, along with many other things about GURPS that are built into the system from a foundational level.
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Old 03-10-2018, 11:01 PM   #10
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While I love D&D, especially 3.x and Pathfinder, I am really intrigued by the 3d6 system used by GURPS, along with many other things about GURPS that are built into the system from a foundational level.
I'm not ready to make a final judgement about which dice mechanic is better (D&D vs. DFRPG).

I did want to point out a source of the issue in DFRPG.

I have to say, one silly thing I like about 3d6 is that I "feel" luckier in that I have supporting dice in case one goes all cursed like.
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