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Old 11-25-2018, 01:58 PM   #31
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Your GM announces that she will be running a historical game and that all PCs should be proficient in fencing.

Where and when do you hope the game is set?
Adua / the Midderlands, in the aftermath of the second war with the Gurkish Empire and the coronation of High King Jezal I.
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Old 11-30-2018, 03:46 PM   #32
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Government agents as Olympic fencers in 1936.
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Old 12-01-2018, 05:35 PM   #33
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Government agents as Olympic fencers in 1936.
I knew a chap who would certainly have been on the British fencing team in the 1940 Olympics, had they happened. He was almost recruited for what was probably SOE, but the chap who came round to give him the talk (he was a student at Oxford at the time) saw the large poster of Karl Marx on the wall and talked about something else instead. He then went to India with the Signals as a dispatch rider, and got crippled (he insisted on the term) by an experimental polio vaccine. And that wasn't even the important part of his life.
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Old 12-03-2018, 03:53 PM   #34
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However, 1710 is also a period when you have lots of reliable flintlocks and ahve had for 80 years or more. If you went 100 years earlier you'd ahve aperiod where Louis XIII had one flintlock pistol (though he did have about 4 dozen wheellocks).
Reliable is a relative term.

Mean shots between failures, a flintlock is about 100.
Most modern firearms are in the 1000 to 10000 shots range.
Wheellock firearms are also around 100 shots.
Matchlock are in the 20 to 50 shots between failures range, simply because the match cord is unreliable; modern commercial match cord is much more consistent than period, but it is still unreliable.

All the above presumes suitable periodic maintenance (oiling and cleaning).

Further, all of them are unreliably charged until the addition of premeasured charges You bite the bullet off the pack, pour the powder, use the paper wrapper as a wad, then the bullet, and ram it. Much more consistent powder charge.
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Old 12-03-2018, 04:38 PM   #35
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Adua / the Midderlands, in the aftermath of the second war with the Gurkish Empire and the coronation of High King Jezal I.
Uh, I just have to ask, how is this a historical game?
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Old 12-03-2018, 07:50 PM   #36
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Uh, I just have to ask, how is this a historical game?
I don't see why it necessary should have to be Earth's history, and the question was about what I would be hoping. I took "historical" to mean "general theme of the setting on the relative TL scale" and didn't even consider that it might be limited to mundane Earth history.
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