Combat Styles Combine And Go Encyclopaedic

Combat Style Cards have been gathered into a single Encyclopaedia that is now 830 1032 pages long. There are now almost 720 Combat Styles and almost 120 Combat Style Traits in the Encyclopaedia. The Encyclopaedia contains Combat Style Traits and all the new indices in a single volume.

Combat Style is a combination of weapons that a culture or organisation trains to be effectively used together. Combat Style usually include one or much more rarely more than one Combat Style Traits. Combat Style Cards are quick reference cards which show examples of such styles together with weapon statistics and how this combination of weapons interacts with Combat Special Effects. At the start of this document there are indices showing what styles are used in what areas and what organisations etc. Pick a combat style from these for your character or NPC and use this as a quick reference during the game.

There is a table of content by area and table of contents is clickable so one can easily reach the combat style wanted.

This encyclopaedia contains following parts

  • table of contents for encyclopedia
  • combat style traits list
  • Combat style indices to browse by different ways for inspiration
    • Styles by kind
    • Combat Style Traits by kind and combat styles used
    • Combat Style Traits by area and combat styles used
    • Weapons and Areas and Combat Styles where they are used
    • Combat style traits and combat styles which use them
    • Combat styles by kind and area
  • Areas and their combat style cards

These will now update always together and you will know the latest version by the date in the cover.

Separate combat style card files in the folders will be phased out.

30 Combat Style Cards added for Tozer – Old Bones Stomping Grounds

The directory based combat style cards have been replaced by Combat Style Card Encyclopaedia

Combat Style Cards aim to give players (and GMs) an easy way to access all the special effects and other info associated with their weapons and combat style at a glance.

There are some very nice sword and sorcery scenarios and additional tools material available from the stalwart Old Bones. Many of them are placed in Tozer, an area that can be readily transplanted to most any Sword and Sorcery campaign.

I created combat style cards for the 30 currently existing combat styles in those publications.They are of course indexed as the already existing styles. They include also couple of nifty Combat Style Traits that I will add to the encyclopedia of Combat Style Traits soon.

Here are the styles and they can be found in the Combat Style cards directory

Briarwood Thief
Claurin Knife-Thrower
Claurin Mercenary
Crafton Commoner
Dureshi Commoner
Dureshi Herder
Dureshi Mercenary
Grath Herder
Heavy Pit Fighter
Hilimyan Householder
Light Pit Fighter
Mountain Forester
Mountain Guard
Mountain Herder
Mountain Miner
Mountain Smith
Mountain Villager
Pit Keeper
Street Rat
Tinisford Villager
Tough Temptress
Tozerian Charioteer
Tozerian Commoner
Tozerian Farmer
Tozerian Infantry
Tozerian Socialite
Traveling Ground Fighter
Traveling Herder
Traveling Horse Warrior
Wealthy Fop

Combat Style Cards Goes Beyond 550 Combat Styles and Gets Indexed

The directory based combat style cards have been replaced by Combat Style Card Encyclopaedia

Combat Style cards, a player (or GM) aid for Mythras has been updated.

There are now 551 Combat Styles and 107 Combat Style Traits. The output has been tweaked with additional comments and weapons and the new Distract special effect (from Destined) has been added.

There is now a few indexes to find a style suited for you stored in the _Common Lists and Summaries folder

You can find the combat style cards here

Areas And Combat Styles Practiced There
Combat Style Traits And Combat Styles Which Use Them
Combat Style Traits By Area And Combat Styles Which Use Them
Combat Style Traits By Kind And Combat Styles Which Use Them
Weapons And Areas And Combat Styles Where They Are Used

New Combat Style Cards include

Eastern (Japanese) Combat Styles from Gramnaster’s Sengoku Mythras campaign

Yari Ashigaru
Yari Samurai
Nodachi Samurai
Eastern Bandit
Mounted Samurai
Travelling Monk

Renaissance styles from Mjollnir’s Medieval Renaissance campaign

Arte del combattimento del Maestro Fiore de Liberi 
Arte dell’Abbraccio 
Common Defense 
Dagger Fighting,Italian (Arte della Daga) or German (Dolchfechten)
Fechten und Ringen von Meister Liechtenaur 
Knife Fighting, Spanish (Lucha con Cuchillo) 
Knife Fighting,Italian (Arte del Coltello)
Knightly Art of Combat 
Manus Nigrum
Peasant Levy 
Renaissance Pugilism
Stick Fighting,Quarterstaffing 
Swordsmanship, Hungarian 
Swordsmanship, Spanish (La Verdadera Destreza) 
Swordsmanship,French (Lutte des Épée) 
Swordsmanship,German (Fechten) 
Swordsmanship,Italian (Arte della Spada) 
Trained Guard
Trained Mercenary, Balkan (Stratioti) 
Trained Mercenary, German (Landsknecht – Doppelsöldner) 
Trained Mercenary, German (Landsknecht) 
Trained Mercenary, Scottish (Gallóglaigh) 
Trained Mercenary, Swiss 
Trained Militia, Archer 
Trained Militia, Infantry 
Trained Militia, Turkish (Akinci) 
Trained Militia, Turkish (Sipahi)
Trained Soldier, Turkish (Janissary) 
Woodland Hunter 

Styles from John Holmes’s Bird in the Hand scenario for Monster Island

Jungle Explorer
Grimsand Mercenary
Hired Thug
Grimsand Street-Tough
Long Arm of the Law

The styles from Book of Quests

Beast Handler
City Guard
Dirty Rotten Scoundrel
Gartharis Assassin
Gartharis Hunter
Gartharis Scout
Gartharis Sworn Warrior
Gartharis Warrior
Glorified Soldier
Imperial Knight
Moor’s Warrior
Never Fight Fairly
Noble Layabout
North Vale Warrior
Realm Thug
Street Fighter (Daggers)
Street Scum
Streetwise Bruiser
Vale Crossbow Skirmisher
Vale Light Infantry
Vale Longbow Skirmisher
Vale Men-At-Arms infantry
Vale Mounted Knights
Vale Warrior

Styles from scenarios Arakoline Tribute and Khaki Shrugs – Thennla

Beastman Warrior
Kismek Archer
Kismek Lancer
Taskan Citizen Infantry
Taskan Swordsman
Thennalt Hunter
Thennalt Skirmisher
Thennalt Thane

Some missing ones from Perceforest

Perceforest Huntsman
Perceforest Tilting
Yeoman Militia

Some from my own campaign

Way of the Iron Fist
Beaked Dragonewt Bodyguard
Beaked Dragonewt Spirit Warrior

And a few built for Vikings from RQ Vikings

Viking Berserker
Viking Raider
Dane Raider

What is the running speed of unladen swallow people warrior in chitin hoplite armour with backpack full of loot and rations

Well – obviously he/she is not unladen if she/he has a backpack full of loot and rations unless he/she/it is very strong.

Few player characters always want to use the toughest armor they can find and it can be tough to figure out how that affects the speed that they can walk, can they even run, how about jumping over that ravine. Can they even move at all. How much do their skills suffer. What if they are wearied from Fatigue. What if they drop the leg braces and the backpack. What if they enter jungles of Monster Island. How about if they drop the armor altogether and keep just the weapons or some of them. What if they roll a critical on their athletics while doing the move.

Now there is a version of FES calculator that combines the RAW rules, Monster island jungle rules and all the movement related rules from the RAW to calculate all of this.

It makes it much easier to see all the effects that encumbrance, terrain and fatigue make. The aim here is to make movement speed also count – when escaping One-Eye the Carnosaur you do not have to be the fastest but faster than 2-4 of the slowest ones. You should also be make the hard decisions what to drop to escape easily from game mechanics point of view.

The encumbrance and fatigue can make drastic changes to the speed and skills. This tool aims to help the use of them to support the game session.

The calculator handles the movement rates from 3-8, armo penalties from 0-29, athletics skills from 0-120 and swimming skills from 0-80. Why these limits – well it turned out to be way more convenient to calculate and test the movement rates outside Excel in Python and these are the limits I chose for a starter. So there is a data sheet of 250.000+ lines generated with excel and this makes the Excel a medium sized beast for the computer. Might work on that later… The version probably requires a recent version of Excel as it uses some formulas that might only exist in Excel.

There are few things one needs to input

  • Strength
  • Constitution
  • Dexterity
  • Intelligence
  • Select current fatigue level from a list
  • Athletics skill
  • Swimming sill
  • Select whether armor is worn or not
  • Select all the equipment one wants to either wear or carry from the list

After these FES carries out the calculations and creates a table for results

The colors yellow and various shades of red indicate something to note about the effects.

There are four columns for different scenarios: Fully loaded, Without Backpack and the similar ones for Fully loaded in jungle and without backpack in jungle.

After filling out the FES – you can save a copy for each player character and start using it. During the scenario – when fatigue, speed or encumbrance matter – change the fatigue level and select whether you wear armor or not. If you are not satisfied with the numbers – drop or add equipment by adding or changing the item count number of each individual line you want or need to change in the equipment list. Only the orange fields are meant to be changed.

This will evolve with feedback plus there are already things in the roadmap for supporting combat styles etc on this one.

If you find mistakes or improvement needs please do not hesitate to contact.

Here is another example:

The Fatigue, Encumbrance and Speed calculator exists here. It replaces the old Encumbrance Calculator and Monster Island Fatigue Calculator. Many other charts for Mythras exist here.

Numbers Post: 4000th Encounter at MeG – Mythras Encounter Generator

Mythras Encounter Generator (and its previous branding) has been in existence now for about 9 years – since 2013. I wrote my first post about it in September 9, 2013 and it had been in existence a few months before.

MeG has generated 649 256 NPCs since the early days.

Today there were four new encounters created

The 4000th public encounter was the Astorwal Courser. Altogether there are over 8300 templates in MeG – a little bit over half are private templates.

There are 59272 additional feature items in 408 categories (like Abilities, Curse Spirit Abilities, Basic Poisons, Exotic Poisons, Saxon names, Avenue of Delights Effects and so on).

Some of these NPCs belong to one of the more than 180 cults or sorcery orders of which there are more than 620 different ranks detailed.

The main link to Mythras Encounter Generator remains

Lake Monsters, Shambler from Stars, Xin and other Cthulhu Creatures from Weird of Hali come to MeG

Most if not all Cthulhoid creatures from Weird of Hali are now in the MeG.

To ease the work of hard working (and lazy GMs) in Mythras Mythras Encounter Generator can now generate most if not all Cthulhoid creatures from Weird of Hali…

Here is the last installment of MeG updates for Weird of Hali Cthulhu creatures.

  • Kyrrmi – the sorcerers familiar
  • Xin, Swarm of Sorcerous Crabs

You will find these with the direct links above and also with keyword “Weird of Hali”. Many of these encounters would also work with fantasy campaigns for example Monster Island. 

You will find more Weird of Hali goodness and here and of course the rest of the Mythras Encounter Generator is explained here

Nine Cthulhoid Monsters from Weird of Hali for Mythras Encounter Generator

Ia Ia Ia.

To ease the work of hard working (and lazy GMs) in Mythras Mythras Encounter Generator can now generate more Cthulhoid creatures… Here are the next part of MeG updates for Weird of Hali. Just ten more of the Weird of Hali creatures remain without statistics in MeG – will be rectified in near future.

This update contains nine cthulhoid beings to generate

and because everything is better with tentacles, here’s plenty:

You will find these with the direct links above and also with keyword “Weird of Hali”. Many of these encounters would also work with fantasy campaigns for example Monster Island.

You will find more Weird of Hali goodness here and of course the rest of the Mythras Encounter Generator is explained here

Updated version of Mythras Charts and Tables

The venerable Mythras Charts and Tables page has been revamped to make it easier to find the proper chart.

Now it is in table format and structured by different areas. Currently there are 60 rows in the table pointing to 1 or more resources. It also contains a link to more info if available

The areas are

  • Combat – Flow
  • Combat – Healing
  • Combat – Parrying
  • Combat – Reach (Optional)
  • Combat – Situational Effects
  • Combat – Skills, Movement
  • Combat – Special Effects
  • Combat – Weapons
  • Combat Styles – Examples
  • Combat Styles – Traits
  • Encounters
  • Magic
  • Magic – Folk Magic Optional
  • Magic – Setting – Glorantha
  • Magic – Theist, Folk Magic, Animist – Setting – Glorantha
  • Magic – Sorcery
  • Magic – Spirits
  • Movement
  • Skills
  • Skills, Movement, Combat
  • Skills, Combat
  • Travel
  • Travel (Setting – Monster Island)
  • Commerce (Setting – Monster Island)
  • Setting – Monster Island

You can find the Charts and Tables page here as always.

Distracting Special Effects and Constraining Progressive Folk Magic, Healing Wounds Progressively

The new Destined supplement for Mythras is full of interesting material. There is one new special effect there that could be added optionally to your normal special effects. That effect is Distract and it has been added to the normal special effects charts. It is similar in tone to Press Advantage but it is different in tone and has a different tactical effect when Press Advantage is not useful.

Its selection is now in both of the visual (mind map) style sheets and also to the normal Offensive/Defensive Special Effect quick reference sheets.

Visual Defensive Special Effects

Visual Offensive Special Effects

Offensive Special Effects

Defensive Special Effects

Progressive Folk Magic provoked a few questions both in live play and in reddit and I added clarifications based on some of those in the new version of the Progressive Folk Magic V1.1. The mechanics themselves are not changed.

You could constrain Progressive Folk Magic so that one can only buy a spell if one has the right level of folk magic skill already. Each level of the spell after initial purchase should also be considered a new deeper level spell for buying or accessibility purposes (who teaches it). You may need to buy them in order.

Healing Wounds chart is updated with the progressive Folk Magic rules

All the old versions of charts have been marked with a yellow sticker that there is a new one available. Charts and Tables post should now be linked to newest ones

Progressive Folk Magic for Mythras

Folk magic is described as petty magic available usually to most folk. This has led to design decisions that folk magic spells in RAW are ‘fixed’ in strength and placed low in the ladder of magical strength. It can also be stronger like it was in history of the game. If you want variable folk magic spells from AiG you could use these  rules.  To keep the relative strength of the magic systems aligned the spells variability is controlled by the Folk Magic skill level required and INT required.

Bear in mind that this makes the folk magic spells significantly more powerful (and also weaker in the lower end of intensity) and take this into account on your campaign’s magic levels. 

You might also want to constrain the intensity attainable per spell to certain cults and/or cult levels. So for example Healing intensity 1-3 are available to everybody and Healing 4 to shamans of any cult.  Healing intensity 5 or higher is only available to Healing cult or Healing Cult’s Priest level. If you use progressive version of the spell it replaces in its technical effect the RAW version.

Caster does not have to use full intensity available.

The spell table shows how each of the spells are modified by intensity. Those spells not on the list stay fixed as they are.

With this system for example:

Bladesharp adds dice bonus to blade weapon damage. Only dice bonus is magical. For example intensity 4 would give +1d4 added damage and cost 4 MP. It would require 61% in Folk Magic skill and at least 10 INT

These rules distilled from AiG are used with permission and are slight modification in presentation from the original.

The spell table and skill/int table is in here

Other useful charts would be in here