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Old 06-22-2021, 01:39 AM   #8
Steve Plambeck
Join Date: Jun 2019
Default Re: Can animals dodge?

Perhaps it would be better/easier to view the defenses of animals as "baked in", but varied by species. The precedent for this is the Giant Snake (-3 DX to hit, and it has no side hexes to give its attackers the +2 side bonus.) And it gets its defensive advantages regardless of moving over 1/2 MA. Nor does it have to pick a particular option like Dodge or Defend to utilize its defenses, they are just always "on".

It would though be a big undertaking to write defensive bonuses for all the animals that can turn up in play, and then appending them to the rules along with their other attributes.

There certainly must be species for which being "harder to hit" might make more sense than an armor rating for their integument. Not that some really hard-to-hurt animals couldn't have both.
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