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Old 12-01-2009, 11:17 PM   #48
Peter Knutsen
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Europe
Default Re: Role of archers in low-tech parties?

Originally Posted by Perfect Organism View Post
In open ground where melee fighters have to charge a hundred yards while you stand back and shoot them, it's brilliant. In a siege, where melee fighters simply can't reach the enemy without a ladder, it's even better.
There's also NPC morale, which must be taken into account for the sake of realism.

One archer, known for being a good shot (with an actual game-mechancial bought-with-points or earned-in-play Reputation, to that effect, if necessary), versus half a dozen orcs. He goes "Freeze! The first to move closer dies. Drop your weapons and run away from me".

That's a very real test of whether the GM has a healthy attitude.
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