Yeah, I agree that the way combat is presented in Sryth and other rpg
style games like it is pretty dull. This is one aspect of roll playing
games that is much better in a human moderated paper and pen game. The
combat was just so much different with a human gm to decide things.
For example, back in the early 1990's, when I was in Junior High, some
friends and I were playing the X-Men roll playing game that was out
then. We had a pretty decent gm who would direct the battles against the
enemies. We certainly were not limited to rolling to see who got the
highest roll like you see with Sryth. Instead there was a certain
tactical or strategy element involved in it.
Let us say I was playing Wolverine. I might tell the gm I want to slash
Magneto with my claws. He would then tell me I am out of range, and if i
wanted to attack i'd have to try and get closer. I might tell the gm I
am running towards Magneto. Then, the gm playing Magneto might throw a
metal pipe or something at me. I'd have to perform a skill check to see
if I can dodge it. Since I need to dodge that flying pipe I would have
several choices from ducking it, jumping over it, steping aside, or use
my claws to knock it out of the air. Either way I was in full control of
whow I would attempt to block Magneto's attack, and it felt like I was
in control of the combat. As though I really was there deciding upon a
course of action.
The way Sryth handles combat is functional but quite boring in
comparison. It is as though you and the enemy are standing there toe to
toe slugging it out. As Shadow Dragon aptly put it, "it is like you are
swinging your sword hoping to God you hit something rather than an
accomplished fighter or warrior."
Anyway, I am certainly willing to work with everyone on the combat
system if I get something written. The combat system should be
entertaining, enjoyable, rather than a dull task to advance in the game.
I actually really agree with you on this point.
An interesting combat system which required actual tactics would be
great, and the you hit it, it hit's you style does get dull very quickly.
Being an atmosphere freak, I always want propper atmospheric
descriptions of what happens in combat to give me the idea of really
being in a fight, rather than just rolling numbers.
In traditional D&d the numbers were only there for a guide, and it was
up to the gm to describe what actually happened in combat.
The problem is i'm not sure how easy it would be to create that sort
of system with enough tactical decisions to make in a smaller game,
----- though it's quite possible entombed is going to manage it
nicely from the way that combat system is developing.
Beware the Grue!
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