Back to the main page

Mailing List Logs for ShadowRN

Message no. 1
From: David Buehrer <dbuehrer@******.CARL.ORG>
Subject: Re: Offensive/Defensive Martial Arts
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 1998 08:02:53 -0600
Erik Jameson wrote:
/ At 07:51 PM 8/24/98 EDT, you wrote:
/ >Going onto a slighlty more SR topic, would you guys say that there are
/ >basically three styles of Martial Arts? Offensive, where the martial artist
/ >takes the offensive and get rid of their opponent as fast as possible. A
/ >Defensive style which predicates tiring your opponent and letting them defeat
/ >themselves. And a third, Subdual, in which the objective is stunning or
/ >knocking the target out.
/ >What would be perhaps some of the technical advantages and disadvantages each
/ >style would get, in melee combat?
/ Keeping as close to SR3 canon as possible, I would go with something like
/ getting an extra die added to either your attack or defense.
/ Declare a combat mode or stance at the beginning of the Combat Turn.
/ Offensive fighters get an extra die to all attacks they make, but subtract
/ a die to counters they make. Defensive fighters would do the opposite.
/ And Neutral fighters would duke it out as normal.
/ This prevents things from getting out of hand one way or another, and
/ reflects the attitude behind the fist.
/ Simple, relatively reflective of unarmed combat from at least my own boxing
/ perspective, and is balanced such that it can't get out of hand.
/ At least it's a thought.

I've been doing just that for over a year now in my game, and it works

"Earn what you have been given."
email: dbuehrer@******

Further Reading

If you enjoyed reading about Offensive/Defensive Martial Arts, you may also be interested in:


These messages were posted a long time ago on a mailing list far, far away. The copyright to their contents probably lies with the original authors of the individual messages, but since they were published in an electronic forum that anyone could subscribe to, and the logs were available to subscribers and most likely non-subscribers as well, it's felt that re-publishing them here is a kind of public service.