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longarms
July 20th, 2008, 06:10
Hey guys - I just wanted to point out that there is a "whispers from the pit" article #8 giving some optional rules for mass combats. See http://savagepedia.wikispaces.com/Whispers+from+the+Pit. We just tried a variant based on this article and I wanted to report our experiences.


The variant wasn't perfect, in fact there were definitely a few holes in the rules that we had to fill in. However, the best thing I can say about it is that it gives mass combat the potential to be on par with normal combat as far as fun, balance, and playability go.

Huge improvement over the mass combat rules in the core rulebook, which are not only boring, are really wacky as far as balance goes (parry, which is normally a very important value, is mysteriously not a factor in the core mass combat rules; PCs have little choice under the rules other than fighting/shooting, etc.)

A record of our mass combat is shown on the chat log... you can word search down to fortifications to read about it. See http://www.pisian.com/071908.html Note that we went with the "single blow per engagement" variant because it seemed more FFF than the full blown combat. Full blown combat could be better though, particularly if you adjusted this option so that the whole PC party could be involved together.

Malovech
July 20th, 2008, 15:47
Interesting, but the link to #8 seems to be down. Anywhere else I can grab this PDF?

Griogre
July 21st, 2008, 01:21
It's not just #8 its all links on the that page. :(

longarms
July 21st, 2008, 02:11
A post was originated yesterday on the savage world forums asking for these links to be corrected. Hopefully, the links will be back up soon.

All the whispers from the pit articles are worth the read, not just #8.

mike