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Old 09-07-2020, 03:55 PM   #1
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Default 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?
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Old 09-07-2020, 04:41 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 09-07-2020, 04:44 PM   #3
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I was wondering if they were referring to the jumping down on someone maneuver.

Is there no bonus to higher elevation? Attacking from horseback?
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Old 09-08-2020, 03:13 AM   #4
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See Combat at Different Levels p. 47.
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Old 09-08-2020, 09:33 AM   #5
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See Combat at Different Levels p. 47.
Sometimes I wish the rules were organized a bit differently.
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Old 09-08-2020, 11:12 AM   #6
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At least these books have a usable index. We've been playing some other games and finding stuff in there is... interesting.
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