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||   DRAGONQUEST Newsletter                            April 1994  ||
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||   Volume 1 / Number 3                                           ||
Produced: Wed 29 Apr 1994

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                           C O N T E N T S

    Administrivia ---  Dave Nadler
    Letter FROM the Editor --- Phil Proefrock
    Movement Rules Variant -- David Lind
    Shield Rule Modifications -- David Lind

"Administrivia" ---  Dave Nadler

As usual, I have succeeded in confusing people.  I mentioned in the last 
transmission (v1n2) that the April newsletter was coming in three parts 
(v1n2, v1n3, and v1n4).  I received a letter from David Lind 
(dlind@synoptics.com) asking:

"Just recieved the new DQ newsletter but I was wondering how many have there 
been. I recieved the first on then this one.  Has there been another that I 
have somehow missed?"

My reponse was:
"There have been 2 DQ newsletters published to date, plus an announcement of 
a newsletter being established.  The newsletters have an identification 
scheme by volume and number, much like a magazine or newspaper.  We are 
currently Volume 1 (the first year of production).  Issue Number 2 was just 
sent.  This is referred to in the header as v1n2 (volume 1, number 2).  The 
next issue you will receive [this issue - Ad] will be Volume 1, Number 3 
(v1n3), and continue from there. Thanks for asking for the clarification."

I'll work with Phil to better coordinate future issue numbering.  Remember, 
we're going to have some startup problems so please bear with us.  Thanks.

Speaking of problems, I'm unable to get the letter through to John Kahane 
and Eliot Wilen.  Anyone out there who knows one of these two?  If so, can 
you ask them to send me their address again.

Dave Nadler (a.k.a "Ad" the Administrator)

"Letter FROM the Editor" --- Phil Proefrock

  Thanks to all who sent in ideas for the name for this thing.  They were 
good ideas, but none of them blew me away.  And at this point, wouldn't a 
real name be just a little too pretentious?  It's just a little electronic 
newsletter, after all.

"Movement Rules Variant"  --- David Lind

Variant 1: Sprinting during tactical phase

In combat, the movement rules do not take into account running or sprinting. 
 The base TMR is always used.  This is not realistic in the sense that a 
person can walk at a leisurely pace and in one pulse (5 seconds) a person 
can cover 25 feet or more (that is a TMR of 5+). Triple or even four times 
the base TMR can easily be made on a dead straight-ahead sprint (ie. no 
vector changes during the sprint.)

The rule variant is simple, a character can jog (2X TMR) at any time in the 
tactical phase of the game.  A run ( 3X TMR ) can also be attempted but a 
maximum of one hex side of changing facing may be attempted.

A run also means that the character running must move at least 1/2 of 
his/her TMR on the next pulse with no change of facing.  An all out sprint 
(4x TMR) may also be attempted, but no change of facing may take place, and 
the character must move is/her full TMR on the next pulse as well, also with 
no change of facing.

A figure using the accelerated movement rules at a rate higher than a jog 
(2x TMR) must also move his/her full adjusted TMR for that pulse. Failure to 
do so ( for whatever reason, maybe a wall in the way?) will result in a 
severe AG roll to be made.  ( The figure will at least go tumbling to the 

A figure that is moving at an accelerated pace may still close and grapple, 
but if not repulsed the figures involved will be thrown back 1 - 3 hexes and 
take D-5 damage due to the jolt of hitting the ground.  If the figure who is 
closing is repulsed then the figure will fly past the target, hitting the 
ground from 1-3 hexes from the target, and also taking D-5 damage.

If the character is carrying in weight the equivalent of -3 to AG then only 
a jog may be attempted.  Weight AG modifier of -2 allows the character to 
run and a AG modifier of -1 or less allows the full range of accelerated 
movement.  A character weighted down with an AG modifier of -5 or greater 
may not use the accelerated movement rules.

Also, armor itself limits the effectiveness of accelerated movement. Armor 
agility modifications of -1 allow movement up to a run, -2 allows a jog and 
a -3 agility modifier disallows any accelerated movement.

The restrictions are listed in the following tables:

Weight     Maximum
Modifier   Rate
  -1         No Restrictions
  -2         Run
  -3         Jog
  -5         Regular TMR only
 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Armor      Maximum
Modifier   Rate
  -1         Run
  -2         Jog
  -3         Regular TMR only

In other words, if a character is using Improved Plate ( AG mod of -3 ), 
that character cannot use the accelerated movement rules.  Also, if a 
character is wearing Leather Armor (AG modifier of -1) but is physically 
weak ( weight modifier of -3 ) the maximum rate is jog.

This variant represents the fact that during a running maneuver in a short 
period of time it is hard to stop on a dime (as represented by the movement 
on the following pulse) and the faster you run the more difficult it is to 
change direction quickly (the change facing rules). Also it is shown here 
that excess weight slows down a character and thereby limits the 
effectiveness of moving faster during the tactical phase.

A figure may not attempt accelerated movement if engaged or if rising from a 
kneeling or prone position or after a combat withdrawal, although a figure 
with a very high agility may be able to move at jog pace ( GM's discretion).

Movement at a jog pace is equivalent to light exercise, a run is moderate 
exercise and a sprint is heavy exercise.  There is a fatigue cost per round 
or per number of rounds to engage in this type of accelerated movement.

The GM may let a character who wishes to stop suddenly or change facings 
more quickly or even attempt a movement rate that is not allowed by making 
an AG roll with a multiplier appropriate to the situation. (i.e. A character 
wants to run straight down a corridor with no facing change, but is limited 
to a jog, a 4x AG roll is needed, but if the character wanted to change 
facing, then the roll will go down to a 2X AG roll. A wide range of results 
are applicable from not succeeding to breaking a characters ankle.)

Modification to rule 14.1: Movement through a figures melee zone

The rule states that a figure that moves into a melee zone must stop all 
movement but may change facing.  If a figure is walking during the tactical 
phase ( normal TMR ) this rule holds true, but if a figure is moving using 
the accelerated movement variant the figure's built up movement inertia will 
carry the figure past the figure whose melee zone was violated.

The following is the modification:  The figure moving through a hostile 
figure's melee zone will be subject to an immediate attack (if the hostile 
figure is able or chooses to attack).  The defender's natural defense is 
used, but no shield defense is allowed.  This attack is in addition to a 
character's normal attack.  If the moving figure is hit and becomes stunned, 
the moving figure will still move past the character a number of hexes as 
dictated by the speed of the moving figure, but the moving figure will stand 
a great chance of falling prone to the ground, as well as being affected by 
the results of the stun or grievous injury.

David Lind  (dlind@synoptics.com)

"Shield Rule Modifications"  --David Lind

Variant 2: Ranks with Shield, for attack and for defense

The current rules show shield as being able to attain Rank 4.  This is for 
both combat and defense.  This variant splits the skills for shield into 
attacking Ranks and defending Ranks.

For attacking the Ranks are unchanged, Rank 4 maximum but for defense the 
experience and Ranks are as follows:

   Rank     0     1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8
Sh. Attack  25    25    50    100   200   --    --    --    --
Sh. Defend  25    50    100   200   400   600   1200  2400  4000

As listed, the shield used as a defensive tool will advance to Rank 8 while 
the shield used as a bashing type attack can reach Rank 4.

The maximum defense from a tower shield is 48%, this is realistic, for if a 
shield is used in a skilled manner, it is very hard to hit the target 
squarely to inflict damage.  Rank 4 with this shield only gives 24% and with 
the base chances of good weapons and high Rank a figure will almost 
certainly hit.  For example:

A character with an average AG and a max. Rank tower shield will have a 
defense of 63 (48% shield + 15% AG) and he is attacked by a bandit lord with 
a hand and a half sword as a weapon and an average MD but max. Rank, he has 
a strike chance of 103, his adjusted strike chance is 40%, but if the shield 
only had a  maximum Rank of 4 then the strike chance will go up to 64%. 
 This is not a realistic value.  Remember that this is with a tower shield. 
 Most characters will use a round shield type so even at max. defensive Rank 
the bandit lord will have a 64% strike chance, compared to the max. Rank of 
4 adjusted strike chance of 76%. The bandit will hit a skilled user of a 
shield more than 3/4 of the time!

David Lind (dlind@synoptics.com)

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