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Old 04-29-2017, 08:11 PM   #1
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Quick question:

If a player rolls a critical on an attack, do they get to roll 3d6 and base what happens with that critical off that table?

I had a player bring that up to me today, and I honestly had no idea. We just ran with the critical just bypassed the defense roll and they rolled dmg as usual (with modifiers for the appropriate things of course).

I really appreciate any info, thanks everyone!
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Old 04-29-2017, 08:17 PM   #2
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Technically the GM decides what happens on a critical success or failure. The table makes it easy though.
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Old 04-29-2017, 08:30 PM   #3
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Technically the GM decides what happens on a critical success or failure. The table makes it easy though.
So, if I were the GM and wanted to use the table and a player I had rolled a crit, I'd have them roll again with 3d and tell them what the crit did based on that table?
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Old 04-29-2017, 08:31 PM   #4
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So, if I were the GM and wanted to use the table and a player I had rolled a crit, I'd have them roll again with 3d and tell them what the crit did based on that table?
Yes, but it always includes the target getting no active defenses.
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Old 04-29-2017, 08:36 PM   #5
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Yes, but it always includes the target getting no active defenses.
Ahhh, gotcha! Thanks!
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Old 04-29-2017, 11:22 PM   #6
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Yes, but it always includes the target getting no active defenses.
I've house ruled in the past that a critical roll on defense stops a critical attack, probably works best at low power levels though.
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Old 04-29-2017, 11:43 PM   #7
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You've got several answers to your question, depending on which set of rules you are using - which actually depends of which kind of game you want to run!

If you want a very fast moving game, with few rules to use and, above all, few table to read during game, the GURPS Lite answer is this one:
  • if a player rolls a critical success on an attack, his foe has no defense at all. Furthermore, if the attacker rolled a 3, damage is maximum (a weapon inflicting 1d+2 of damage, for instance, automatically inflicts 8 points of damage).
If your prefer more detailed rules, the Basic Set answer in this one:
  • if a player rolls a critical success on an attack, his foe has no defense at all. Furthermore, roll what happens on the appropriate Critical Hit Table (Critical Hit Table or Critical Head Blow Table page 556). You roll 3d6 and consult one of that table to read what happens
Note that a result of 9, 10 and 11 means "normal damage only". The critical attack does nothing more ... than preventing the defender to defend (which is already a huge advantage, especially if the defender has high defense scores).

And as Sir Pudding said it very well, it's up to the GM to decide what happens. So, if you don't like the tables, or if you roll the same result for the third time in a raw (dice are occasionally capricious), you can decide for yourself.

The main point is no defense for the defender: the attack automatically strikes its target - as noted by Bruno.
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I've house ruled in the past that a critical roll on defense stops a critical attack, probably works best at low power levels though.
Why "in the past"? It sounds to be a good house rule (one which doesn't unbalance the game).
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Why "in the past"? It sounds to be a good house rule (one which doesn't unbalance the game).
My current games are all fairly high power or via the net with new players.

So I use vanilla rules for the new players and having high defenses is a problem with the high power game, though I may reinstate the rule.

It does add a nice touch of drama to the fights though.
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Old 04-30-2017, 01:23 AM   #10
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OK. Thank you very much for those precisions.
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