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  1. That's sad to hear, as my experience with VtM runs 180 degrees from yours. I guess it's a matter of ST's. TBH, I'm super picky about WoD ST's … and have tended to long-running games with a handful of what I consider really good STs for whom imagery and story pertaining to one's dehumanization … trump combat, politics, maneuvering, etc. Not once have I seen PvP kills. Keep in mind, I only play tabletop, never LARP. (LARPs, I hear, tend to be really backstabby and PvP-like.) Ok, this is way off topic, so I'm done with the tangent. It was fun while it lasted, thanks Duke, for the left turn!
  2. VtM and other WoD titles are (at their cores) games of personal horror. As an example: Vampires steadily edge closer to the beast as they lose Humanity/Road/Via …. or if they manage not to do so, Gehenna eventually arrives, resulting in the rise of the Antidiluvians (who then devour their childer). i.e. Those games aren't about winning or heroics or anything else. Using Vampires as an example, again, VtM is ultimately about dealing with derangements, loss of humanity, youngsters and elders, alike, trying to eat you, and such -- and the story that arises from such things. Hence the game (VtM) being about personal horror. (Political machinations are just minor distractions/hobbies/entertainment one engages upon whilst whiling away the centuries. ) I kind of liken it to Call of Cthulu -- where all characters tend to end up either dead or insane.
  3. Oh, c'mon. She was HAWT in that cameo! 😂😂
  4. Heh, yea, that's not a cameo I knew about until it was pointed out, afterward.
  5. My point was that in the case of DS9 and thinking apples-to-apples, it's actually Nerys. (Hence why the joke might have been missed.)
  6. I play both 5er and 6e and move fairly seamlessly between the two despite their differences. Neither of my GMs mix them; both are rules purists. I feel both editions have their merits and flaws, and I happen to like them both for different reasons. So, anyone thinking I was being edition-warry was sorely mistaken. However, like Usagi, I, too, think it makes no sense to gripe about something that one sees as a problem in an earlier edition … that is fixed in a later edition … since the problem is easily and readily solved by either moving to the edition wherein the problem is solved … or playing a game that uses a blended ruleset. I guess some people would rather just bitch than switch (with respect to problems in the ruleset they're playing … relative to fixes in a ruleset they could switch to or blend from). To this day, I don't understand the point of such edition slamming regarding an edition-specific problem… when a solution is already present. Key to this is that, from my angle, it just sounds like un-necessary noise about an already-solved problem … as do complaints about it not being solved sooner (i.e. in earlier editions). For me it boils down to a lack of understanding why someone would spend so much energy on the issue … when that same energy could be spent moving to an edition where it's fixed (if one wants to be a rules purist) … or blending rules from the fixed edition to the current edition (if one wants to). I also don't understand why someone would house rule something away when one could actually use the situation to generate good storyline/storytelling. Key to this is that regardless of the edition being used, shared storytelling is what the ruleset ultimately enables, right?
  7. Spot-on - as there's a huge delta between what one sees in the movies ... and reality. In the movies we see people go flying backward after a single shot from a bullet -- and, often, they don't get up. In reality, as long as blood is pumping to the brain that gives orders to the rest of a body hit with 2-3 bullets … and the body isn't too impaired to carry out those orders … a mortally wounded person remains up, mobile, and an active threat thanks to a flood of adrenaline and cortisol delivered as part of the fight/flight response. Bleed-out (which deprives the brain of oxygen … and, thus, its ability to do its job) can take 30-90 seconds, depending on the tool used to deliver the wound(s), type of wound(s) (bullet? puncture? laceration? blunt-force trauma? etc.), number of wounds, location of wound(s) , and damage to internals incurred based on the previous criteria.
  8. People probably didn't get it because Kira was the first name of the character in Xanadu … while it was the last name of Nana Visitor's character in DS9?
  9. Not once did I intentionally target anything rude or insulting at you or your group. And yes, I absolutely gave as good as I felt I got with downvotes. As previously noted, if those who initiated the downvotes will retract them, I will, as well. (I didn't start the downvoting … so I also won't start the retractions. I like to be consistent.)
  10. I highly suspected you might counter with the argument that the penalties are the same … and almost pre-empted it. But then I thought, 'No, surely people won't think the two should be treated as if they are the same in 5er just because their penalties are the same, as that just doesn't make sense when it comes to other penalties that are the same in 5er ... such as the -2 penalty for 'Fighting in a cluttered or cramped area' and the -2 penalty for 'Underwater'. Surely no one will advocate that these latter two are the same in 5er just because their penalties are … and therefore, surely no one will do so with 'Attacked from behind' vs. 'Surprised' in 5er." I guess I should have pre-empted? That aside, I tend to agree that 5er is the outlier. Yet one more reason to move to 6e, since it addresses issues like this … among others. And yes, there's a lot of downvoting going on, here. I didn't start it, but I noted several someones were downvoting me any/every time I said something with which they disagreed, so I responded in kind. I agree this is not normal, here, and I don't like it, either. In fact, I don't remember EVER using the downvote option until today ... and I've been here a while. However, if that's how those people want things to be between us, I can give as good as I get … and have. If those people want to undo it, I'll retract mine, as well -- but as far as I'm concerned, the ones who started it … also need to initiate the retraction(s). Spot-on!
  11. Taking a Half Phase Action (be it moving or something else) and holding the remainder of one's action … until near the end of the Segment immediately prior to one's next Phase … is a common tactic in Hero System play. This tactic is designed to allow maximum reaction without losing one's own action … and use of it is why Knife Fighter B would not be 'frozen' from his previous action. (Also, this system uses Segments/Phases, not 'rounds'.) Now, if Knife Fighter B was stupid enough to leave an opening by taking a Full Phase Action instead of using Half Phases, well, then s/he gets what s/he deserves. That's actually spot-on for a knife fight, by the way, as each knife fighter tends to be circling looking for precisely that sort of opening. When simulating combat second-by-second (a la Segments/Phases) … rather than minute-by-minute (a la 'rounds') … you have to address movement/facing in more granular fashion than other minute-by-minute systems do. HERO System does that fairly well, but it's by no means perfect. The 'fix' to what you are describing is to have characters (i.e. not just vehicles) use segmented movement -- something I and another have actually toyed with. It works well enough, but it's incredibly cumbersome in that it slows everything down (in combats that are already quite slow compared to other systems) … because pretty much every character is moving every Segment in much of a given Turn. As for consistency -- I've been quite consistent. GM common sense should always apply -- and GM fiat is absolutely not required for it to do so, in this case. As previously noted, there are ways to deal with what you're concerned with … that don't entail the use of GM fiat. You just keep waving those things away for some reason... As far as higher speed characters having an edge over lower speed ones in terms of openings, you're absolutely correct: they do. That's part of the game design and why Speed is so expensive. This is also why GMs are supposed to set campaign limits prior to character creation -- such that a high Speed character isn't also a high damage AND/OR high defense character. i.e. A speedster relying on back attacks probably hits very reliably, but also hits like a proverbial 'girl' (no disrespect intended to female heroines) … if a GM has done his/her job setting campaign limits properly. (Again, we're back to GM common sense...) As far as hexes are concerned, that, too is addressed in 6e, as hexes are 1m, not 2m in 6e -- meaning characters are pretty much always in different hexes unless on top of/under one another, desolid, or some other similar scenario.
  12. Context matters. I point this out because Tywyll is apparently using 5th edition (per the initial post of this thread) … and your quoted text is 6e. (5er may have an equivalent statement within it? I don't know … I didn't look.) Also, worth mentioning is your quoted text deals with "surprise", which is NOT the same as the "attacked from behind" DCV modifier. i.e. Surprise and attacked from behind bonuses are distinct/separate per RAW. To support this assertion I cite the fact that they appear distinctly/separately within the DCV MODIFIERS TABLE on p373 of 5er (aka FRED). Thus, the above merely states that the Surprised bonus may not apply … while saying nothing about the 'attacked from behind' bonus not applying. [I'm being this technical/literal because that appears to be the mindset of Tywyll and his gaming group, and I'm trying to think as they are when responding, since facing was apparently a big deal in their prior system.] Now, that said, GM common sense should always apply, which is what seems to be lacking in most of Tywyll's complaints about endless circling of opponents in munchkinized fashion to try to game a bonus. The problem is easy enough to put an end to without resorting to GM fiat, but it appears that a GM who has endless points to spend on baddies is concerned about 3pts on mooks … or doesn't want to engage in interesting gameplay by having characters fight back-to-back or from 'gunfighter' positions (i.e. with back to a wall). So be it. Some people would rather bitch than switch, I guess... I still don't see merit to Tywyll's concerns about endless circling; I've only seen it happen a few times when munchkins were at play, and the GMs had the mooks learn the predictability of their opposition and then shut that crap down quickly. It made for good story!
  13. I've not dealt with it because it's already handled by RAW. Chistopher Taylor even cited it for you earlier in the thread. Per 6e2 p26: "changing facing while Running, Leaping, Swimming, Swinging, or Tunneling is a Zero Phase Action in most circumstances. That means a character can’t do it after performing a Full Phase Action, but the GM can rule otherwise based on the situation, the abilities involved, common and dramatic sense, and other relevant factors. Changing facing with Flight or Teleportation depends on Turn Modes and/or the the use of the Position Shift Adder." Thus, Knife Fighter A half-moves (circling to rear/flank -- hoping to shank his/her opponent from rear/flank) and holds …. and then his/her opponent Knife Fighter B does the same (circling to shank his/her opponent from rear/flank) and holds. Since a Full Phase Action hasn't been used, Knife Fighter A should be able to turn to face Knife Fighter A as a Zero Phase Action unless the GM rules otherwise. This assumes they're on the ground and not flying, of course, as Flight gets more complicated due to Turn Mode unless Position Shift is in play. That's a key benefit of half-moving and then holding … it allows someone to react, attack, etc. Now since you're using 5er, it doesn't have an equivalent statement/rule within it, as far as I know. I suppose that's one of the drawbacks of using the older, less polished rule set. Perhaps you should move to 6e?
  14. You appear to have ignored something from my earlier post when rendering this response, so I'll remind you of it: having your characters or NPCs put their backs to walls or fight back-to-back costs zero real points. (As a reminder, I explicitly posted, "...positioning oneself with one's back to an ally or a wall, judicious use of cover with maneuvers like Snapshot, and the like all prevent this." Note that these are all things that can be done in the course of one's normal movement on the field of battle, too -- so there's no special expenditure of a HPA to do them. Instead, one simply has to be thoughtful about the half-moves and/or full moves that one makes (relative to the battlefield environment, one's allies, and one's opponents.) Put another way, you flat-out DO NOT have to pay ANY real points to avoid being subject to the aforementioned munchkinism. But one can certainly pay real points if one doesn't want to bother using cover and/or the environment effectively. (That is, after all, one of the benefits of point expenditures -- you buy the means to deal with issues you might not otherwise be able to deal with … as well as the means to be lazy about issues you might not otherwise be able to be lazy about. Example: the Hulk's defenses are so high he can be lazy about multiple attackers, cover, rear attacs, etc. Welcome to Hero System!)
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