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Old 07-02-2011, 03:18 PM   #1
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Default Tigers, Martial arts, and biting SM.

The tiger template in the Basic Set was developed before the biting SM rules in Martial arts came out. In your opinion, would a tiger have increased biting SM? I understand that a +3 is probably for truly disproportionally large jaws, such as a crocodile, but would a +1 to biting SM be appropriate for a tiger? Or is it more suited for a canine?

Also, what would be your opinion on a biting SM+2 creature? Just for comparison purposes?
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Old 07-02-2011, 03:36 PM   #2
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A tiger should have the Born Biter perk. +1 SM

A Hyena would probably be a +2 SM biter, as would monitor lizards and some snakes.

Sharks and Crocs would be +3, as you say.
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Old 07-02-2011, 03:39 PM   #3
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SM 1 seems reasonable for most predators. Certainly for cats.

SM 2 probably covers predators that kill primarily by bite, but don't have especially oversized jaws. Wolves, lots of fish, monitors, thylacines...

I suppose you could actually compare jaw-size/body length to human jaw/body length to get some kind of scale. It might be interesting.
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Old 07-02-2011, 03:48 PM   #4
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The tiger template in the Basic Set was developed before the biting SM rules in Martial arts came out. In your opinion, would a tiger have increased biting SM? I understand that a +3 is probably for truly disproportionally large jaws, such as a crocodile, but would a +1 to biting SM be appropriate for a tiger? Or is it more suited for a canine?

Also, what would be your opinion on a biting SM+2 creature? Just for comparison purposes?
A tiger, like a cat, has a pretty short muzzle. I'm not sure they merit a bonus. Maybe +1 at max, but I might use that for a typical dog.

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Old 07-02-2011, 04:19 PM   #5
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I retain the opinion I expressed last time; Born Biter exists to distinguish wolves from tigers. Tigers are not born biters; they box or trip their prey, then rip out of the jugular.
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Old 07-02-2011, 06:36 PM   #6
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I retain the opinion I expressed last time; Born Biter exists to distinguish wolves from tigers. Tigers are not born biters; they box or trip their prey, then rip out of the jugular.
I would expect them to use also the characteristic cat move: drop on the prey from above, hold on with your teeth, and rake with your back legs, ripping out its entrails.

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Old 07-03-2011, 10:00 PM   #7
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I would expect them to use also the characteristic cat move: drop on the prey from above, hold on with your teeth, and rake with your back legs, ripping out its entrails.

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Tigers are usually too big to drop from above safely, but they will jump or run at high speeds and unbalance their prey, for much the same effect.
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Old 07-04-2011, 09:02 AM   #8
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Just saw a tiger two days ago, about 2m away. I'd say +1 to SM for biting; it has a muzzle (so there's some optimization for biting), but it's short. I saw a gator the same day, about 3m away. Now that's +3 to SM for biting. I'd estimate that most things with canine builds would be in between, at +2.
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Old 07-04-2011, 09:05 AM   #9
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Just saw a tiger two days ago, about 2m away. I'd say +1 to SM for biting; it has a muzzle (so there's some optimization for biting), but it's short. I saw a gator the same day, about 3m away. Now that's +3 to SM for biting. I'd estimate that most things with canine builds would be in between, at +2.
Would this be a feature, like Elongated Snout 1? Otherwise loads of animals have only reach C attacks.
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Old 07-04-2011, 09:16 AM   #10
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Born Biter is a feature already . . . it's in Martial Arts (see p. 115), although its effects on reach are mirrored in the monsters in the Dungeon Fantasy series. That said, loads of animals do only have Reach C attacks. The vast majority of beasts are out of luck fighting a tool-user with a Reach 1+ weapon; that's part of why the planet is overrum by humans who extinguish other species almost by accident. Sans weapons, humans only manage Reach 1 with a somewhat awkward kick; our punch is Reach C.
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