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    44 KB Riddle of Steel: You're gonna go far, kid John Galt 09/09/11(Fri)00:22 No.16232617  
    Continued from >>16232544

    Did Legionary Sulla just punch a man's head off? Why yes, that did just happen, and all illusions of this game being perfectly realistic flew off with it.

    Oh well.

    Welcome to the Riddle of Steel. We're fighting a series of deathmatches between Legionary Gaius Caius Licinus Sulla, and great warriors stolen from throughout history by some malign force.

    His most recent victim, Date Hikiji, a samurai from the sengoku period. Before that, a Genoese Crossbowman.
    Up next... A Norse Huscarl.

    I'm your host, John Galt. Stay a while.

    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)00:23 No.16232629

    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)00:25 No.16232647
    So, what are Sulla's stats?

    I was thinking about trying to do a weapon master kind of character, who used a whole fucking bunch of weapons, left and right. Constantly swapping them, that sort of thing. Would be a pain in the ass, but awesome at the same time, I think. What do you think, Galt?
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)00:25 No.16232648
    1 A Gallic Warrior
    2 A Germanic Warrior
    3 A Saxon Warrior
    4 An incredibly well dressed Bulgarian Warrior
    5 A Genoese Warrior
    6 A Samurai Warrior
    7 A Norse Huscarl
    8 A Swiss Halberdier
    9 A Hussite Warrior
    10 ???

    Norse Huscarl is next! Gird yourselves, bromans!
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)00:27 No.16232655
    I also want to see your stats for the Hussite. I assume you did one of their iconic infantry guys?
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)00:27 No.16232660
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    Ouestenreich master race reporting in.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)00:29 No.16232673
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    >> John Galt 09/09/11(Fri)00:30 No.16232686
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    Sorry, I was arguing with my computer over what a double click is.

    Let me get Sulla for you.

    Legionary Sulla
    ST 6 WP 6 Reflex 6
    AG 6 Wit 6 Knockout 5
    TO 5 MA 4 Knockdown 6
    EN 7 Soc 3 Aim 5
    HT 7 Per 5 Move 9 (8)
    Proficiencies: Sword & Shield 12
    Equipment: Short-Sleeved Mail Shirt(AV 4), Pot Helm (AV 5, open faced), Scuttum(-.5 CP, -1 Move), Gladius, 1 Pilum Javelin, Pugio Dagger, Cestus (right hand) (AV 4, bonus punch damage.)
    CP: 18 (17 in armor w/ shield)
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)00:35 No.16232722

    That is better stats then what I could create as a starting character right?
    >> John Galt 09/09/11(Fri)00:35 No.16232723
    I think it could work. There might be encumberance problems, but in general its never a bad idea to have a backup weapon or two. A polearm, a sword, and something like a warhammer or a mace are loadouts I can always get behind.

    Now, Sulla's next combatant is a Huscarl, complete with awesome axe. Who's up for it?
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)00:39 No.16232768

    Yeeaaahhhh!!! (or Latin equivalent.)
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)00:40 No.16232787
    By quite a degree, yes, though a character could reach this level a few good sessions into gameplay, depending on how well played the characters' SAs are.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)00:46 No.16232832
    Dang it, the sup/tg/ thread description doesn't say anything about Sulla.

    Any way to change it?
    >> John Galt 09/09/11(Fri)00:46 No.16232835
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    Alright then.

    Sulla hovers over the smashed, headless corpse of the weird warrior, and absent mindedly picks up his javelin.

    Nothing seems to be happening. This is unusual, until now, the enemies have been coming one after another. Now there is silence.

    Maybe he's being given a moment to rest? Maybe he has won, and now his way home is clear? That'd be good.

    What should he do in the waiting interrim?
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)00:48 No.16232864

    Try to straighten out the pilum's tip. Those things were designed to get all bent up, and we don't need it flying wierdly when it gets tossed this time.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)00:50 No.16232882
    Lots of fighting, no resting. Chill till our fatigue zeroes out. Keep an eye on the treeline.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)00:50 No.16232884
    Zeus might not've seen how much ass we kicked back there, we should tell him about it. Or start composing a story about it.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)00:53 No.16232912
    Sit down, fit our javelins back into our shield, and check the straps on our sandals.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)00:54 No.16232916
    zeus is a pussy. We worship Jupiter round these parts.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)00:55 No.16232925
    Zeu pater?
    >> John Galt 09/09/11(Fri)00:59 No.16232964

    Sulla sits down, and recovers his remaining javelin. The other one vanished with the feel he killed with it, but he's still got this 'un, and it's fine, even if a bit dinged up.

    He also takes the time to consider how he's going to explain this one to the centurion. And, for that matter, how he's going to afford enough sacrifices to the gods thank them for giving him this paradise.

    There is a sound, from the edge of the darkness. Sulla jumps to his feet, realizing that there is an edge to the darkness. Where all had been black and even, now he seems to be in a clearing, in some sort of dense wood. It is still hazy, but he can see it.

    And he can see his next opponent. Lumbering, huge, and holding a massive axe, the Nord approaches, clad in heavy chain, with a heavy shield upon his back, and a pot helmet. Sulla can sense that this man is an entirely different animal than what he's fought so far. This man... Is like him. This man is the Sulla of whatever hideous northern reaches he has been taken from.

    So. What should Sulla do? The enemy is about 50 yards away.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:03 No.16233000

    We kill him
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:03 No.16233002
    We probably could use a rest.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:03 No.16233013
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    Pic related
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:04 No.16233019
    Put a pilum through him before he can put that shield into play.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:04 No.16233023

    Well, if he's stupid enough to not have his shield readied, we close and throw our last javelin at the bastard.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:05 No.16233035


    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:06 No.16233053

    Anyone can be a fighter. Few are called on to be Romans! We bide our time and let this hulk of a man make the first and last mistake.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:07 No.16233056
    That's what it's for. That's how it's used.

    >kinetics archivo
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:08 No.16233080
    Do we have a ruling for what happens if a pilum bited into a shield? Some form of ongoing CP penalty for wielding a plank of wood with a bend javelin stuck in it?
    >> John Galt 09/09/11(Fri)01:10 No.16233105
    I'm hearing Pilum!

    Alright, Sulla can ready the Pilum, and take his time to aim as the enemy approaches at a brisk trot.

    This means that Sulla can add his Aim score to his Proficiency when he makes the attack.

    The question, however, is when to loose.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:11 No.16233112
    So, he's going to forget what he's doing, throw a feast, and announce that the latest fiefs gained will go to himself?

    Fuck that guy.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:11 No.16233117
    Yeah, it's in the Pilum entry. It screws them over something feirce, I think it's like a 3 CP penalty.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:12 No.16233119

    As soon as we can. We'll need time to ready ourselves to meet his charge.
    >> sygg, river douchebag 09/09/11(Fri)01:13 No.16233131
    hahaha oh the memories.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:14 No.16233144
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    Sulla should fight a courier next.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:15 No.16233158
    How quickly is he approaching? 1 combat round before he reaches us.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:15 No.16233160
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    Pilum stats, just so everyone knows the ideal ranges.

    I say we let him get to 12 meters.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:16 No.16233163
    Just looked it up, it's actually a +3 to the shield's TN. Basically it renders the shield useless.
    >> noko 09/09/11(Fri)01:19 No.16233184
    Seeing as King Ragnar uses an axe and a shield, and axes have pretty sub-par defensive ability, I say we try to get the Nord to whip his shield out, chuck a pilum in it, and severely limit his power to prevent dick-stabbing.
    >> John Galt 09/09/11(Fri)01:19 No.16233186
    Alright, let's say at the max range. That's still more than far enough given Sulla's total pool. With an Aim of 5 and proficiency 10, he's got a pool of 15.

    -4 dice for range, -3 for erratic movement, he's still got 8 dice at 6.

    The Huscarl does not draw his shield, but picks up his pace a bit. He's a determined man.

    Sulla gets 8 dice at 6.
    The Huscarl attempts to catch the javelin, with his Reflex of 7. The difficulty for this is 6. Is this crazy? Yes. Yes it is.

    Sulla: 8 at 6
    Huscarl: 7 at 6
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:20 No.16233191

    Will we get all our CP back after the throw for the clash?

    If so I say maximum power throw at 12 yards for all our dice.
    >> Carl 09/09/11(Fri)01:21 No.16233199
    rolled 10, 8, 8, 9, 6, 4, 8 = 53

    7 at six
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:21 No.16233202
    rolled 9, 4, 10, 1, 9, 8, 4 = 45

    Rolling for the Huscarl
    >> Sulla 09/09/11(Fri)01:21 No.16233206
    rolled 4, 2, 8, 8, 10, 8, 5, 8 = 53

    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:22 No.16233218
    Ahh, dammit, looks like we miss.

    Oh well, time to get the gladius out.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:23 No.16233223

    Did he catch it????
    >> John Galt 09/09/11(Fri)01:26 No.16233254
    Mother of God.

    The Huscarl seizes the javelin in his mighty mitt, looks at it, with an unreadable expression on his bearded face, and then looks back up at Sulla. His fingers beat a rythm on the shaft, as though arguing with himself whether or not to throw it back. He tosses it aside, instead.

    Sulla has taken this time to draw his sword and gird himself fully for battle.

    Red or White, /tg/?
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:29 No.16233267
    The norseman is fast (7 dice on that catch), so red/red would be troublesome. White
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:29 No.16233277
    Aw fuck, it's a boss fight.
    Go white, maybe a simultaneous block/strike will serve us as well now as it has in the past.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:29 No.16233279

    No way the Carl will go white, and double Red strikes are inadvisable.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:31 No.16233293

    We've just punched a samurai's head into marinara, this Visigoth-lookalike ain't putting us on the defensive just 'cause he can catch a stick.

    >> John Galt 09/09/11(Fri)01:32 No.16233298
    You are wise men.
    Sulla throws white
    The Huscarl throws red.

    The Huscarl will strike with 12 dice, straight down upon Sulla's head.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:33 No.16233305
    Even Sulla was disheartened by that display... How troubling.
    >> OP 09/09/11(Fri)01:33 No.16233307

    Standard legionary response: block open / strike. Force that prick Goth's axe up and away and stab him in the gut.

    Like a proper Roman.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:34 No.16233310
    Counter for 15. We'll split this bastard in half inside of the first round.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:34 No.16233312

    Agh, fucking chrome and it's autofill bullshit. Sorry about that. Not OP at all
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:34 No.16233318
    What's the range on a Dane Axe? Simultaneous strike might do us here.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:35 No.16233327
    Counter has an activation cost of 3 when you've got a shield. That's too much, even for Sulla to wager!
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:36 No.16233333
    That axe is going to be fuckin' heavy and this guy looks strong as shit. I recommend evasive actions. He's fast, and he's strong. We aren't going to win this one in a straight-up fight. We need to outmaneuver him. Sidestep or step back, get this man to make a mistake before we take it to him.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:36 No.16233334
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    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:37 No.16233342
    I second blocking open.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:37 No.16233343
    Hmm, I was going to suggest a beat, but he's hit us with too many dice to safely beat it aside and have anything left to hit him with on the next engagement.


    This is smart, possibly the most tactically sound move.


    This is foolhardy - if it works we'd probably kill him, but if it fails, we have nothing left to block with on the next engagement and he'd probably kill us.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:38 No.16233345
    >+2 vs hard armor

    This weapon is as effective against a man in full plate as a broad dagger is against a man in smallclothes.

    Do NOT get hit by this thing.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:38 No.16233346
    are you proposing we blow our entire wad on a counter attempt? We'll have -2cp for the counter then another 2 for the range, bringing us to 13.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:40 No.16233361
    Going toe-to-toe here is suicide. This guy will carve Sulla up if we don't use our brains here. This guy is fast and strong, so let's try to attack his mind. Feints, footplay, and dirty pool.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:41 No.16233365
    This isn't a democracy, but I favor a straight blow, 12 dice. No activation cost means more to spend next exchange, and a straight block is at DTN 5 against his ATN 7, so we've got pretty strong odds there.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:41 No.16233370
    Oh shit, its only Long? Our range is only 2 dice. That's not so bad.

    What about a block with 8 dice, and a thrust to his hand with 4, +2 for range? That'd leave us with 3 dice for whatever comes next. If we have initiative, we stop short to buy us some time to refresh, and keep the initiative!
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:41 No.16233372
    agreed on the feint, but we'll have to win the initiative first.
    >> John Galt 09/09/11(Fri)01:42 No.16233383
    I like the thinking. Keep going, examine your options!
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:45 No.16233401
    What about some sort of deflection? Is there a way we can redirect the axeblow without going against this man's strength? If his weapon is overextended, that might give us the opening we need.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:46 No.16233409

    Blocking for 12 dice probably wouldn't steal initiative though.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:47 No.16233411
    What about a Block Open & Strike with 15? Each success we get over one of the Nord's is a bonus die we get next turn, which we could use to Stop Short if we had to, to keep him from attacking through us.

    End up with the initiative, and with a new exchange, basically zero risk.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:48 No.16233419

    This is actually probably the best option.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:49 No.16233423
    we'll need a minimum of three MoS to get a single die in the next exchange. Quite possibly a waste of 2 CP here.
    >> John Galt 09/09/11(Fri)01:49 No.16233430
    That's... This. Blocking the enemy's weapon to throw him off balance is kinda Expulsion (which will not work here) kinda Block Open & Strike.

    And it could work. There's not a whole lot the Nord can do about it, and 15 dice at 5 is going to kick the shit out of 12 dice at 7, unless Jupiter frowns upon you.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:50 No.16233441
    Fortune favors the bold.
    >> John Galt 09/09/11(Fri)01:52 No.16233446
    Alright, I like it!

    Sulla gets 15 at 5
    The Nord gets 12 at 7!

    Succeed by a lot, and Sulla might just stand a chance!
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:52 No.16233447
    you make a good case. Block Open with15 at 5 and strike on the next exchange with our proceeds, if any.
    >> Carl 09/09/11(Fri)01:52 No.16233448
    rolled 10, 1, 8, 4, 9, 8, 3, 9, 5, 9, 6, 9 = 81

    12 at 7
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:53 No.16233452
    rolled 4, 3, 8, 2, 2, 5, 1, 3, 3, 10, 2, 4, 5, 2, 10 = 64

    15 for 5
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:54 No.16233454
    you're fired.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:54 No.16233456
    Stop rolling.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:54 No.16233462
    Aw dicks, that is not good rolling at all.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:55 No.16233468
    >> Carl 09/09/11(Fri)01:56 No.16233472
    It's not my fault you let a Danish guy roll for the Huscarl.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:57 No.16233475

    I think Odin favors this one.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)01:57 No.16233483
    Well, shit.

    You had a damn good run, Sulla.
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    rolled 4 = 4

    ...Mother of God. That's... That's a Strength 15 blow to the head.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)02:00 No.16233511
    I knew standing up to this fucker was a bad idea.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)02:01 No.16233513
    Better hope this hits the helmet, guys.

    Even if it does, shock will take the remainder of our dice pool, then this blond bastard probably kills us with the rest of his.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)02:01 No.16233520

    The damn barbarians beat Rome again.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)02:02 No.16233522


    Even if our helm counts for something, that is still a Str 5 hit = Deeeaaad...
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)02:02 No.16233525
    Galt rolled the location already. It's all done but the fashioning-a-goblet-out-of-his-skull
    >> John Galt 09/09/11(Fri)02:02 No.16233526
    Sulla raises his shield, and realizes an instant too late that his angle is wrong, as the axe ploughs through it, straight into his face.

    "OH F-" he exclaims, and all is darkness.

    And then... It is not. "-UCK." he finishes, sitting up. He is in a bright meadow. The grass is golden, the sky is blue. This is certainly not Gaul, and it is certainly not where he was fighting. It isn't dark, and there is no huge blond man trying to kill him.

    He glances about, uncertain, and finds that his weapons and armor are gone. That usually doesn't happen except when he goes out drinking.

    Standing up, he finds that the grasslands extend in every direction, without limit. There are some shapes in the distance, but they might just be grass.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)02:03 No.16233532
    Legate Lanius does not approve.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)02:04 No.16233538

    Elissium, surely.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)02:05 No.16233544

    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)02:05 No.16233547

    Fuck, we're in Elysium. Ah well, worse places to end up after all the guts Sulla's had to wade through.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)02:07 No.16233568
    Ahh well; them's the breaks in RoS; it only takes one terrible defense roll and you're eating a fuck-huge axe.
    >> John Galt 09/09/11(Fri)02:09 No.16233582
    There is a sound, behind him. He turns, expecting combat. But it is not gauls. It is a man, a few hillocks away. He gestures for Sulla to follow him.

    Sulla does so. Maybe there are answers to be had. The man runs, and Sulla follows. He follows him through the grass, and over streams.

    He follows him through a light wood, and past an ocean shore.

    He follows him to a great, stone circle, and to the well in the center.

    But the man is gone. The well remains. Sulla looks inside. And what Sulla sees confuses him.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)02:09 No.16233583
    Swear to god, my next character's going to be a chickenshit spearman who pokes and runs like hell the moment the odds aren't stacked in his favor.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)02:09 No.16233584
    The tournament is not over.

    The Huscarl must now defeat:
    8 A Swiss Halberdier
    9 A Hussite Warrior
    10 ???
    11 Bear with Poleaxe
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)02:11 No.16233598
    >>16233583 a chickenshit spearman who pokes and runs like hell the moment the odds aren't stacked in his favor

    Till, bruised and bitten to the bone
    And taught by pain and fear,
    He learned to deal the far-off stone,
    And poke the long, safe spear.
    >> noko 09/09/11(Fri)02:12 No.16233606
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    I... I had forgotten Sulla was just a man. A legend among men, yes, but just a man.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)02:15 No.16233627

    That's exactly it. Cheap sling and some rocks, spear, and maybe a net, for extra dirty fuckerage.
    >> Majestic Space Whale 09/09/11(Fri)02:17 No.16233636
    I just came to comment on your picture.

    That is incredibly fucking terrifying.
    >> John Galt 09/09/11(Fri)02:17 No.16233639
    He sees himself, with a woman in his arms, asleep. He recognizes her. He was younger then, just about to join the legion. She probably doesn't even remember him.

    But wait. He sees her again. With a boy. He isn't blonde like she is, he's dark haired... Like Sulla.

    He sees the boy grow. He sees him fight, and work, and marry. He sees more children.

    And he sees their children. He sees them twist about the world, age and die, breed and spread.

    He sees Rome burn. He sees his descendants die.
    He sees Rome rise again. He sees his descendants at its head.

    He sees new gods rise over the old. He sees new wars, and new plagues, and new cities, as great as Rome ever was, spread across Europa and the east.

    But one by one, he sees the points of light that were his great, great grandchildren, go out. Fewer now. Thinning. He feels panic. He had sworn that that would not happen. The blood of Sulla cannot thin. He swore it.

    There is only one. He cups it in his hands. It cannot go out. But it is dimming.

    Sulla looks up.

    "Jupiter!" he shouts. "Zeus! Gods, new and old! Gods of Rome, Gods of men, please! Hear me!

    "Have you any love for me, and for the feats I have done for you-have I entertained you at all, please, hear my plea! Do not let this spark go out! Do not let the blood of Sulla fade, not as I watch! I will give you anything, my peace, my strength, my soul-anything!

    "Cannot the soul of one Sulla be worth the soul of another Sulla? Whoever this spark is, whatever it calls itself, please, let me serve as the fuel for its preservation! I beg of you, whichever of you calls himself a god of justice, let it be so!"

    And so it was.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)02:17 No.16233641

    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)02:19 No.16233656

    >Gaius Caius

    >Doesn't realize they're orthographically different versions of the same name
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)02:21 No.16233666
    I know a man named James James John James.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)02:21 No.16233670
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    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)02:21 No.16233671
    Fucking VIKINGS ruin everything.
    >> John Galt 09/09/11(Fri)02:23 No.16233688
    And if you are wondering what happened to that little spark, perhaps you should tune in next time.

    This particular Sulla might've met his match... But the story isn't over. Not yet.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)02:24 No.16233692
    Farewell, Sulla. You were a true Broman.

    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)02:28 No.16233723
    First Gizka, now Sulla. There is no justice in this world.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)02:30 No.16233742
    >Implying Gizka isn't Sulla's last descendent, and that he isn't about to go save her at the cost of his own afterlife
    >Implying Sulla isn't the hero Rome deserves
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)02:31 No.16233747

    A life of violence only leads to one conclusion. There was no other way for this to end. At the hands of a Viking, Frank, or Turk, all violence comes visited back on those who trade in it.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)02:34 No.16233768
    Gizka is some sort of Chechen, how the hell is she going to be related to Sulla?
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)02:35 No.16233776
    Live by the sword, die by the sword. Or axe. Or roman fist with SPQR engraved on it.

    Oh god he's going to do this isn't he
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)02:35 No.16233779

    Please be this. I want to belieeeeve.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)02:41 No.16233823
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    Oh God, if only it were that easy. No.

    It's the whore.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)02:43 No.16233842
    So for us latecomers, anyone got the link to explain who this Gizka is?
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)02:44 No.16233847
    You aren't serious. The prostitute Gizka threw off the city walls?
    The prostitute Gizka considered raping in her sleep?
    The prostitute Gizka used as a human flotation device and shield?
    The prostitute Gizka intimidated and threatened in a hotel room later that same day, who meekly submitted to being a pawn in her plans?

    That prostitute is the last descendant of Sulla? I'd say the man is turning in his grave, but I'm not sure he has one.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)02:47 No.16233860
    Oh god what is this I don't even

    She's Archiblad Cunningham with tits. Last thread with her in it: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/16109227/
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)02:47 No.16233864

    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)02:48 No.16233875
    Damn, poor sulla. And we can't even blame poor tactics; unless my math is screwy we had something like a 93% chance to make that roll, and we just botched it.

    Dane axes are fucking terrifying, tho. ST+3 and an additional +2 vs hard armor? damn, that's ridiculous.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)02:49 No.16233881
    Part 1:

    Part 2:

    What we actually know about Gizka could fill an 8th grade Catcher in the Rye essay.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)02:50 No.16233888
    I blame taking the credit due to the gods of dice upon ourselves. I warned you that hubris is what felled the Empire! I WARNED YOU WHORESONS!
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)02:51 No.16233890
    It's almost certainly the most, or one of the most, deadly weapons in terms of raw damage in the game.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)02:52 No.16233896
    We shall have to give more credit to our local diety as a stand in for the random number gods next time.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)02:54 No.16233905
    Before the Sulla threads, we had Gizka threads. They ended similarly...
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)02:59 No.16233930
    >From the Gizka thread

    Sarah Gizka
    ST 4 WP 6 Reflex 10
    AG 10 Wit 10 Knockout 4
    TO 3 MA 6 Knockdown 7
    EN 8 Soc 5 Aim 9
    HT 3 Per 8 Move 11
    Gifts: Careful (M) Accurate (M)
    Proficiencies: Progressive School (Rapier +1) 15
    Acrobatics at 6
    CP: 26 w/ Smallsword

    You can tell that she isn't a Sulla because her Strength and Toughness aren't 6. That said, she still must be some sort of eugenics project to see how ridiculously hardcore you can engineer a fencer to be.
    >> John Galt 09/09/11(Fri)03:05 No.16233969
    Man can't even take a shower without everything going all De Vinci Code on him these days... It's not exactly byzantine what's going to be happening next.

    (...Or is it.)
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)03:20 No.16234033
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    You magnificent bastard.

    >not Westron

    Captcha knows...
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)03:24 No.16234048
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    Finish... The FUCKING thread.

    (On a side note, these are literally the greatest things i've ever read on /tg/. Kudos.)
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)03:32 No.16234074
    ...does anybody actually know what kind of weapons Byzantine soldiers packed?
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)03:33 No.16234081
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    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)03:37 No.16234093
    I figured we'd be going with Sulla's descendants, not the descendents of the Huscarl who stoved his cranium in.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)04:24 No.16234303
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)04:44 No.16234455
    God I love the Vargangian guard.

    And that's why we get to enjoy mounted combat as a Kataphractoi.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)05:19 No.16234648
    you... you guys... you killed sulla.

    that's why we can't have nice things.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)05:34 No.16234737
    Some swords, some spears, some maces, some axes, some bows of various description (mostly composite).

    Why? What did you think they used? Medieval lasers?
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)06:20 No.16234999
    Gizka dies, and we go to Sulla's adventures.
    Sulla dies, but we learn that there is hope for Gizka.
    There's a symmetry to it that I find pleasing.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)06:35 No.16235093
    I love this game.
    I may try it out one day.
    It feels... Realistic and brutal, yet refined... Like playing craps in a large casino. Sometimes you roll a big seven or eleven, but other cases you get snake eyes. Skill gives you the chance to win, but luck decided whether your skill even matters at all.
    Moar please.
    >> Scannon 09/09/11(Fri)06:39 No.16235126
    I grab four hours sleep, and you cunts kill Sulla!?

    I will dickstab each and every one of you!
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)06:41 No.16235140
    Oh hey, Scannon! What was the link for that PDF again? I need it like a sailor on shore leave needs ass.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)06:47 No.16235183
    Probably meant more of the styling that was involved. The Byzantine Empire had a hell of a lot of cultural influences coming into it, after all.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)06:53 No.16235212
    I just got the RoS core pdf. I like character creation and can get used to the fluff...but combat...
    How fluid is combat in RoS? It looks complex as all fuck off, and I was weaned on Dungeons and CharOp.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)06:56 No.16235232
    Look at these threads, man. You throw a color, declare actions, allocate dice, roll, and figure out what happened. That's the basics.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)07:01 No.16235253
    once you get all the rules and updates down, and print the tables, it has a very good flow.
    it's complex (multiple betting layers, timing in the exchanges, the fucking subsystems...) but it isn't hard.
    I'll try making a full flow-chart. Bitches love flow-charts.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)07:06 No.16235276
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    I think I found Sulla's descendant.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)07:14 No.16235312
    ends up, someone already did it.
    it doesn't go into the subsystems, but explaining those one at a time is sort of simple.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)07:16 No.16235317
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    It's not simple, although I don't think it's more complicated than, say, 4th Ed AD&D, once you get used to how to look things up. The layout's definitely worse, of course.

    What does help is that it's very simulationist, which can make it quite intuitive. It's not a great idea to try and cut the helmet of a knight in full armour with your sabre, it's not a great idea to try and put all your effort behind swinging a massive wind-up blow at a guy with a rapier and swift footwork if you're unarmoured, and it's always a good idea to bring a shield or polearm to a what the other guy thought was a small sword fight.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)07:24 No.16235357
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    If you've read the Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson, there's a great scene where two nobles in early 18th century France run across each other unexpectedly in a mansion, and start subtly taking up poses ready to draw (one to draw his smallsword while gathering back ready to lunge, the other to whip his naval cutlass into a chop straight from the draw) swords, while trying not to look like they are, and talking the whole time to find an ettiquette-compatible reason not to fight. While moving around various bits of furniture to disadvantage the other guy.

    That's the sort of thing - tense, realistic, tied into the characters' objectives, goddam wary of combat but knowing it's a major option - tRoS does with it's mechanics which I can't imagine any other system promoting.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)08:10 No.16235632
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    yesterday there was a Lion and the Wolf duel thread.
    if we stat them... well, space groinstabs.
    we could just assume that the stature of the fighters scales the everything, and use the system as is.
    so, groinstabs in space?
    >> a case of 'lurk more' on my part Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)08:19 No.16235693
    Okay. I'll give it a once-over after I get done with my urgent RL matters (tests, applications and the like). Nothing's set in stone yet.
    I was making a new setting, and I was debating whether to use tRoS or Savage Worlds as my...'game engine' of sorts.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)09:18 No.16236160
    What the fuck... I go to sleep after making a japanese head explode, and when I comme back I find that you guys couldn't even avoid a danish axe ?

    I am disappointed.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)09:19 No.16236178
    It was really, really unfortunate rolling. Sulla deserved to win that one, he just didn't.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)09:23 No.16236218
    And I'll blame you for the unforntunate rolling.
    >> Scannon 09/09/11(Fri)11:51 No.16237229
    Back from work. I think I'm going to pass on alcohol and casual sex to work on the .pdf tonight.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)13:01 No.16237709
    Have I mentioned that I love you, anonymous stranger? Because I do.
    >> Scannon 09/09/11(Fri)13:08 No.16237756
    Thank you a lot, anon. It's nice to know that this is appreciated.

    I've just finished scanning the core rulebook's sorcery section. For completeness' sake. Plan for this evening is to fix up the scans until I want to kill myself, then upload a .pdf of it. Plan for tomorrow involves hookers and blow.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)13:32 No.16237904
    You are a gentleman and a scholar. A bro amongst bromans.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)13:34 No.16237913
    I am so desperate for the new version of the core rules that I'm willing to fund hookers and blow. Set up a paypal.
    >> Scannon 09/09/11(Fri)13:57 No.16238111
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    I laughed.
    More seriously though, if you have that kind of disposable income and want to show your gratitude, erm, I don't know. Give some money to a local charity? Support small and nerdy businesses? Give up swearing for lent?

    I'm just doing this because I love the idea behind The Riddle of Steel and because you guys really enjoy it. Hell, I don't own this copy of the book and I've never played it outside of these threads. I might be able to after this is done though...

    This is as far as I've gotten on the tidying front. About 20 pages an hour. If you want, I could skip ahead to the appendices for you, and get those up soonish??
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)14:02 No.16238142
    We've waited this long, we can wait for the full pdf.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)14:05 No.16238179
    Swearing thing I can't do, I always buy pizzas for everyone at the FLGS on games night and I don't trust orphans with my pizza money, but maybe I'll buy them pizza too.

    This image made me actually giggle with anticipation. I am frightened for my sanity.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)14:09 No.16238203
    I've been setting up some money to try to buy the rights for it and release a new edition.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)14:10 No.16238213
    Wait, what? How much are the rights? This seems like a noble venture.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)14:13 No.16238243
    Maybe put together a kickstart project to secure the rights and hire a professional editor to give the remix a twice-over?
    >> Scannon 09/09/11(Fri)14:25 No.16238345
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    Skipping to the Appendices anyway to try and keep my sanity for another couple of hours. Every few pages I can do something a little more interesting...

    >John Galt! Wait!
    >It's dangerous to go alone!
    >Take This!
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)14:26 No.16238361
    How mad is he going to be that he didn't think of this first?
    >> Guybrarian 09/09/11(Fri)14:35 No.16238419
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)14:37 No.16238455
    >And so The Invincible Man knew the name of the King.
    >> Scannon 09/09/11(Fri)14:39 No.16238474
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    Galt, your anger gives you great power, but if you let it, it will destroy you! As it almost did me.
    Be the GM that /tg/ deserves!
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)14:47 No.16238559
    >> Scannon 09/09/11(Fri)14:51 No.16238587
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    Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to scan we go.
    >> Scannon 09/09/11(Fri)14:55 No.16238626
    This is really fucking wierd
    The same table (V) is repeated on p. 245 and 256, and there's also a bunch more.
    Ignore that imagefor now.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)14:57 No.16238644
    It's a little silly, his descendant of 1000 years later won't have much of his blood left.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)14:58 No.16238656
    It's Sulla.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)14:59 No.16238667
    It's a little sulla.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)15:00 No.16238678
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    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)15:02 No.16238691
    Evidently... His last descendant is a weak prostitute who got bullied by a 5 foot nothing Turkish woman.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)15:03 No.16238699
    Yeah but that's not the point. They're his descendants, dammit. You think he knows shot about biology? He knows where to stab people and not a whole lot else.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)15:05 No.16238719
    she's female, that explains her lower strength and toughness
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)15:07 No.16238740
    -4 str for immunity to groinstabs?
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)15:10 No.16238761
    Str 4 is the human average. At a time when the average human is a guy who works fields 9 hours a day. Gizka is actually freakishly strong for a woman her size.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)15:12 No.16238781
    Women worked the fields too. I wouldn't underestimate medieval women.
    >> Scannon 09/09/11(Fri)15:13 No.16238787
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    Full image is two long, so breaking it into two halves.
    >> Scannon 09/09/11(Fri)15:14 No.16238803
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    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)15:16 No.16238822
    You have my firm assurances that I will never underestimate short muslim women again.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)15:17 No.16238826
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    I wish we had context for this Renaissance drawing.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)15:19 No.16238841
    it's a descendant of trollhoffer.
    pan against halberd, you can see the haft near his leg!
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)15:20 No.16238844
    Notice zee bulge in his pants.

    Obviously he was sneaking out to cheat, and his wife caught him at the door with a shovel.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)15:22 No.16238864
    Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)15:23 No.16238871
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    That's just standard for the period. Otherwise you would be able to read a lot into pic related...
    >> Scannon 09/09/11(Fri)15:43 No.16239042
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    Present for you all.

    I'm beginning to crash, so after I finish tidying this section up, I think that I'll take a break. Probably no .pdf tonight after all.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)15:47 No.16239074
    >His last descendant is an outgoing entrepreneur who got beat up by a hellion with a combat pool and love of bloodshed that gave Ares himself an uncomfortable boner.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)15:51 No.16239111
    You know there's already an OEF copy of the appendices floating around online, right?
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)15:58 No.16239170
    >> Scannon 09/09/11(Fri)16:00 No.16239197

    As it's currently standing, from the front cover to p. 125 have been scanned and tidied. pp. 126-233 are scanned, but haven't been tidied up. Finally, pp. 234-270 have been scanned and tidied up.

    That leaves just over a hundred more pages to get done. Then put them all into a .pdf (Someone draw me a /tg/ frontpiece, would you?). Then OCR it. Then add bookmarks. Then put it online. Still, we're at least three-quarters of the way there.

    I suppose that I might be able to get it done tonight. I don't have enough amphetamines to want to attempt it.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)16:16 No.16239380
    Sounds good enough to me. I've waited this long for a good scan, a little more won't kill me.
    >> Anonymous 09/09/11(Fri)21:36 No.16242606
    >> Anonymous 09/10/11(Sat)03:52 No.16245687
    Keeping the dream alive.
    >> Anonymous 09/10/11(Sat)03:59 No.16245723
    I read trough the rules yesternight and seem to remember that when you ge ta 10 it stacks and you can reroll it. but I think this was only in certain situations. is that right?
    >> Anonymous 09/10/11(Sat)04:13 No.16245823
    it only matters rarely (when you need over 11 for a success). Otherwise you're just extra-beating the TN with that die, which counts for nothing more.
    >> Anonymous 09/10/11(Sat)04:18 No.16245855
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    so are we gonna get byz-y or what?
    >> Anonymous 09/10/11(Sat)04:20 No.16245861
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    You do know that the pages for damage reference are available from the Driftwood website, right?

    With perfect clarity because they're actual pages from their publisher-only PDF version of the book...

    >> Anonymous 09/10/11(Sat)04:23 No.16245881
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    Gizka lives!
    >> Anonymous 09/10/11(Sat)04:43 No.16245970
    anyone got the companion character sheets in jpg format?
    the website wont let me download it
    >> Anonymous 09/10/11(Sat)08:34 No.16247043
    What is the Riddle of Steel?
    >> Anonymous 09/10/11(Sat)08:37 No.16247061
    It has something to do with religious people being gullible idiots.
    >> Anonymous 09/10/11(Sat)09:59 No.16247547
    A field of ruined penises.
    >> Anonymous 09/10/11(Sat)10:10 No.16247600
    no anon, the whore is gizka

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