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[BECMI] Combat Maneuvers: Set Spear vs. Charge

Post by Havard » Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:42 pm

I think this has come up maybe once in my time playing and running BECMI. Maybe because noone uses spears? Has anyone used this combat maneuver in your campaigns? :)

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Re: [BECMI] Combat Maneuvers: Set Spear vs. Charge

Post by RobJN » Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:54 pm

I do believe I used it in the first part of your Vales campaign.

Edit: Yup! In the fight against da bears in the first chapter (and it actually worked!)
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Re: [BECMI] Combat Maneuvers: Set Spear vs. Charge

Post by Havard » Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:56 pm

RobJN wrote:
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I do believe I used it in the first part of your Vales campaign.
Haha, that may be true! So I guess I've seen it used twice then! :D

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Re: [BECMI] Combat Maneuvers: Set Spear vs. Charge

Post by snorri » Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:59 pm

In almost every fight during my longest Becmi's campaign.

Dagger throw and even sword throw (thanks to weapon masteries and Ladyhawke) were pretty common too.

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Re: [BECMI] Combat Maneuvers: Set Spear vs. Charge

Post by RobJN » Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:01 pm

Havard wrote:
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:56 pm
RobJN wrote:
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:54 pm
I do believe I used it in the first part of your Vales campaign.
Haha, that may be true! So I guess I've seen it used twice then! :D

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I think it's equal amounts lack-of-spear and lack-of-charging-enemies
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Re: [BECMI] Combat Maneuvers: Set Spear vs. Charge

Post by DaveB » Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:15 am

Used on PC's.
That got their attention and interest in maneuvers in combat.
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Re: [BECMI] Combat Maneuvers: Set Spear vs. Charge

Post by Havard » Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:22 pm

RobJN wrote:
Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:01 pm
I think it's equal amounts lack-of-spear and lack-of-charging-enemies
That is a good point. I also wonder if DM's fall into the trap of having the enemies not charge when they know one or more of the PCs is carrying spears, which is unfortunate since the PC's should have a chance to shine. I know I have been guilty of this at times.

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Re: [BECMI] Combat Maneuvers: Set Spear vs. Charge

Post by Havard » Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:22 pm

DaveB wrote:
Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:15 am
Used on PC's.
That got their attention and interest in maneuvers in combat.
That is great! I need to be more tactical when I DM my monsters.

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Re: [BECMI] Combat Maneuvers: Set Spear vs. Charge

Post by RobJN » Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:17 pm

Havard wrote:
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:22 pm
DaveB wrote:
Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:15 am
Used on PC's.
That got their attention and interest in maneuvers in combat.
That is great! I need to be more tactical when I DM my monsters.

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.... after your next Vales campaign, right? Right??
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Re: [BECMI] Combat Maneuvers: Set Spear vs. Charge

Post by Havard » Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:16 pm

RobJN wrote:
Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:17 pm
Havard wrote:
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:22 pm
DaveB wrote:
Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:15 am
Used on PC's.
That got their attention and interest in maneuvers in combat.
That is great! I need to be more tactical when I DM my monsters.

-Havard
.... after your next Vales campaign, right? Right??

Well.... :twisted:

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Re: [BECMI] Combat Maneuvers: Set Spear vs. Charge

Post by DaveB » Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:23 am

Teaches the Player's to read the freakin books. :D
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Re: [BECMI] Combat Maneuvers: Set Spear vs. Charge

Post by barrataria » Sun Sep 02, 2018 4:33 pm

Havard wrote:
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:22 pm
RobJN wrote:
Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:01 pm
I think it's equal amounts lack-of-spear and lack-of-charging-enemies
That is a good point. I also wonder if DM's fall into the trap of having the enemies not charge when they know one or more of the PCs is carrying spears, which is unfortunate since the PC's should have a chance to shine. I know I have been guilty of this at times.

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Maybe, but spears can't be concealed so I'd think opponents generally wouldn't run into that.

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Re: [BECMI] Combat Maneuvers: Set Spear vs. Charge

Post by snorri » Sun Sep 02, 2018 8:47 pm

Spears are a typical second rank weapons, so a first line of shield bearers could conceal a second Line of Spear-users, especialy on a Dark place.

I wonder if it could extend to polearms and two-handed Swords, which had the same use in battle.

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Re: [BECMI] Combat Maneuvers: Set Spear vs. Charge

Post by Cthulhudrew » Sun Sep 02, 2018 9:06 pm

barrataria wrote:
Sun Sep 02, 2018 4:33 pm
Maybe, but spears can't be concealed so I'd think opponents generally wouldn't run into that.
It would definitely seem to be more useful against enemies of animal intelligence level or lower, although cavalry might also be tempted to try their luck against it (as they did in real life).
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