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Old 06-12-2015, 06:42 PM   #1
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Default [Basic] Skills of the week: Fire Eating and Stage Combat

Fire Eating is the DX/A skill of putting out fires with your mouth without hurting yourself. On a failure, you take 1d-3 of burning damage, minimum 1. You can also do fire breathing, blowing a stream of fuel from your mouth and igniting it with a flame source. If the GM agrees, you can use this as a attack, doing 1d-3. The skill has no default, and is normally only used for entertainment, but cinematic circus performers are an RPG tradition of sorts, and I can't help wondering it's a social skill amongst dragons.

Stage Combat is the DX/A skill of appearing to fight as a spectacle. Like Fire Eating, it is about producing the illusion of danger for an audience. It defaults to Combat Art or Sport -2, an actual combat skill at -3, or Performance-3. The only listed modifier is -4 for an unfamiliar weapon. Critical failure is an injury to someone, 1d-2 to a random hit location. Group Performance (Fight Choreography) defaults to Stage Combat-2.

These skills appear on a few templates for entertainers, performance-orientated martial artists (and fakes). Power-Ups 3 and 7 have examples that include them. Social Engineering has uses for Stage Combat in complex persuasion schemes, and Supers covers its use in choreographed super-battles. Chinese Elemental Powers has an example that boosts Fire Eating, and Thaumatology: Magical Styles makes it a possible part of a style.

I'd be surprised if these skills had seen significant use in many games ... but life round here is often surprising. Have you set an audience on fire?
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Old 06-12-2015, 06:58 PM   #2
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Don't you want Fight Choreography in this list?
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Old 06-12-2015, 06:59 PM   #3
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Fire Eating is the DX/A skill of putting out fires with your mouth without hurting yourself. On a failure, you take 1d-3 of burning damage, minimum 1. You can also do fire breathing, blowing a stream of fuel from your mouth and igniting it with a flame source. If the GM agrees, you can use this as a attack, doing 1d-3. The skill has no default, and is normally only used for entertainment, but cinematic circus performers are an RPG tradition of sorts, and I can't help wondering it's a social skill amongst dragons.
Or politicians.
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Old 06-12-2015, 08:33 PM   #4
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Or politicians.
I think they only breathe hot air.
It's Baptist preachers that spew fire and brimstone.
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Old 06-13-2015, 01:47 AM   #5
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Don't you want Fight Choreography in this list?
I looked at that, but it's one of the specialisations of Group Performance, and I plan to do them all together.
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Old 06-13-2015, 02:10 AM   #6
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On a failure, you take 1d-3 of burning damage, minimum 1.
So the average entertainer, having skill 12 and eating 3 fires a day, has a chance of 1-(0.7^3) =65% chance a day of burning himself?

There was another thread where it was stated that the dice should only be rolled when it mattered. Still I would either apply a skill bonus during a performance or rule that only a critical failure would cause burning.
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Old 06-13-2015, 02:24 AM   #7
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Fire eaters do get minor burns regularly. It isn't a safe hobby at all.
1d-3 means half those failures don't result in any HP damage.
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Old 06-13-2015, 02:40 AM   #8
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1d-3 means half those failures don't result in any HP damage.
Book says minimum of 1 damage.
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Old 06-13-2015, 04:17 AM   #9
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Book says minimum of 1 damage.
Which isn't a big deal if you rule that the need for one hour of Physician nursing in cases of burn damage does not apply to non-Major wounds. Particularly once you add a +4 TDM for non-adventuring use, and probably make rolls no more often than once per day even if multiple fires are eaten.
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Old 06-13-2015, 06:37 PM   #10
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Only tangentially related, but I had a session of Pathfinder that was focused around the PCs facing training stage combatants in front of an audience.


Hopefully at some point I can do a GURPS version. Since it is staged, you can go all out against the PCs without worrying about them dying, just "losing", even in a gritty campaign. They will be at -3 on all their attacks vs a group trained in stage combat, so it would be an interesting challenge.
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