Re: The Glorantha Digest V7 #459

From: TTrotsky@aol.com
Date: Sun 12 Mar 2000 - 23:11:04 EET


Paul Aebersold:

<< This is a bit off topic but I couldn't think of a better place to ask it.
 I have read the Hero Wars rules summary on the Glorantha web site and have
some questions about it.>>

     Seems perfectly on topic to me, at least until an official HW Digest is
created.

<< * Do Action Points (AP) return to their starting value every episode
(i.e. adventure), or every scene (i.e. combat)?>>

     Every scene. You may, of course, be at some penalty if you've been
injured or socially embarrassed in a previous fight or other contest.
 
<< * Although it is never stated I have worked out (?) that in a contest each
side bids a number of APs. This bidding of APs is done every "round" of a
contest. Is this correct?>>

     The instigator of the action that round makes the bid. Initially this is
whoever starts the fight/argument or whatever. On the next round, the other
guy gets to set the stake, and so on.
 
<< * If I have 24 APs to start with, bid 7, but am not forced to transfer or
forfeit any are my APs next round :
    a) 24
    b) 17 (24 - 7)
 or to put another way are APs I bid lost by virtue to the fact that I have
bid them?>>

      a)
 
<< * In the Extended Contest results chart the outcome results are listed as
1x, 2x, etc. Does this mean that if the table states that "Loser Transfers
2x" mean that the loser of the combat transfers 2 times the APs they bid, or
2 times the APs that their opponent bid?>>

    Whatever the bid is for that round.
 
<< If the answer is 2 times the APs they bid, then why bid more than 1 AP?
That way the most you can lose is 3 AP (i.e. if you fumble and your opponent
crits). Or is there some other benefit of bidding a large number of APs?>>

     If you win, its how much the other guy loses.
 
<< * Terminology question. In the chart under the Extend Contest result
chart (which has no name, handy that ;)) it lists the Degree of Defeat
depending on number of APs lost for "Ordinary" and "Heroic" contests. Are
"ordinary" contests normal mortal man combats and "heroic" contests
equivalent to Harrek vs The Bat? >>

     Yup. Not that the rules for 'heroic' combat actually make any sense when
you think about them, but there you are.
 
<< * Parting shots. I can make one if I reduce an opponent to under 0 APs.
So what is a parting shot?>>

      A final stab with the sword against an already downed opponent, in the
case of combat (for example).
 
<< * In combat, each side is trying to reduce the other to 0 APs. Does this
mean that combat results (Dazed, Hurt, Injured, Dying) are only worked out
once one side is below 0 APs and this is determined by looking at the
Consequences Chart? (Ignoring the fact that someone can injure themselves by
trading APs lost for wounds).>>

    Its worked out when the contest is over.

Forward the glorious Red Army!
    Trotsky

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