Body control vs Dodge

Aprewett
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Body control vs Dodge

Postby Aprewett » Sun Aug 27, 2017 3:36 am

Would it make more sense to dodge with BC versus using Dodge?

bluedragon7
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Re: Body control vs Dodge

Postby bluedragon7 » Sun Aug 27, 2017 4:30 am

Combat rolls are 1D20, Body Control would be 3D20 and have completely different probabilities for success.

Shinxirus
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Re: Body control vs Dodge

Postby Shinxirus » Sun Aug 27, 2017 4:42 am

Technically, you could use BC as a substitue for dodge, though I would advise against it for the following reasons:

First, BC usually applies to situations where you try to execute a premediated action, like balancing over a beam or taking on an advantageous position in combat. Dodging is something that is based much more on instincts and reflexes, usually giving you less than a second to react. There are some situations which call for a BC check in reaction to something, like to keep standing after getting hit by certain spells. In this situations however, you're getting hit anyway, and the check represents your ability to weather the impact - as opposed to dodging, where you try not to get hit in the first place.

Second, there is the mechanical aspect to consider. The core mechanics of combat - attack, parry, and dodge - are based on a single d20, and that's so on purpose. Combat is supposed to be quick and fluid, there are some cases where skill checks are called for in combat, like disengaging, but if you roll a full check everytime you want to evade something, which can happen to a single hero multiple times in a single round, that's likely to become a rather slowing element.
Furthermore, the dodge value is purposedly kept rather low. If you allow a hero to use BC instead,given that they invest both in their BC Skill value and the relevant atributes, they would in time achieve a very high chance of dodging incoming attacks - if you don't apply penalties, they could even declare the check a routine, granting them an autopass, and therefore a free defense. Lastly, keep in mind that repeated defenses in the same round incur penalties - applying those to the dodge value has a much stronger impact than they would have on a skill value.

Aprewett
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Re: Body control vs Dodge

Postby Aprewett » Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:01 am

Thanks, great answer.

Quixotic
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Re: Body control vs Dodge

Postby Quixotic » Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:56 pm

Body control is the skill that determines the level of the Combat Special Ability Improved Dodge. It appears that using your training in Body Control for combat is supposed to be through the ability.


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