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Will characters have a ''front'' and a ''back'' in CC?

Discussion in 'Chaos Chronicles' started by Maerimydra, Apr 11, 2013.

  1. Maerimydra Literate

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    All is in the title. In D&D 3.0-3.5 (OGL), characters don't have a ''front'' and a ''back'', but I read on the CC website that the game may feature a ''facing system''. If it's true, how will that work?
     
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    Our "facing system" uses the OGL rule Flanking with some minor modifications: with hexagons, there are always one primary and two secondary opposite directions. In Chaos Chronicles, the flanking bonus will be multiplied if your party attacks (or threatens) the enemy on both opposite directions. So, in fact it's not really "facing", but the effect of flanking is similar: attacking enemies from different directions simultaneously leads to better results.
     
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  3. Maerimydra Literate

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    Let's say the sides of a hexagon are named 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, where 1 is adjacent to 2, 2 is adjacent to 3, 3 is adjacent to 4 [...] and 6 is adjacent to 1. If an attacking creature is adjacent to side 1 of a defending creature's hexagon, does that mean that the attacking creature will get a flanking bonus if one of its allies is adjacent to side 3 or side 5 of the defending creature hexagon, and that the flanking bonus will increase if one of its allies is adjacent to side 4 of the defending creature hexagon? Is that it? If it is, it sounds great, because it might help Rogues by making Sneak Attack more easy to pull of!
     
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  4. Ferdator Developer

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    Right now I have implemented the flanking rules as they are defined in OGL and ported them to our hexgrid as accurate as possible.
    That is, creatures which use one hexfield usually count as flanked, if two opposite fields are threatened by enemies. In the above notation 1+4, 2+5 and 3+6 would make valid flanking combinations.
    If it comes to big creatures flanking possibilities are expanded. If one creature uses three hexfields for example one field threatening that creature does create two possible flanking fields on the opposite side (three in second row).
    I found it to be most intuitive and appropriate the way it is now. Playtesting will show if this system is to strict. I can easily soften the rules by the change of one single parameter.
     
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  5. MicoSelva Prestigious Gentleman Don't call Abigail Patron

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    Ferdator, what do You think of something like this (a house rule I use in my D&D sessions, except with square grid)?:
    (using the 1-6 notation above)
    1: no attack bonus for the enemy
    2,6: +1 bonus
    3,5: +2 bonus
    4: +4 bonus

    If You have enemies only on opposing squares like (1 and 4), it works exactly the same way as it does now. But this rule also takes into account divided attention when fighting multiple enemies (even if they are adjacent to each other) and the increased difficulty of dealing with enemies attacking from the side.
     
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  6. Ferdator Developer

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    While designing the flanking rules I thought about such variations as well, but skipped them for now, because of there impact on balance and other game mechanics (e.g. sneak attack). Furthermore such rules are easily defined for creatures only using one grid field, but they get vague when it gets to enemies which use more than one field.
    One benefit of the original flanking rules is, that they are described easily. One can determine if a player is flanked or not clearly in every situation by just one look. I wanted to copy that circumstance and found a system, that perfectly maps the original rules though using a hexgrid.
     
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  7. Maerimydra Literate

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    Awesome, thank you for the quick reply!
     
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