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Martial arts for Runesword
A Rune-Fu Martial Art

Creating an attack

 

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One of my Runesword projects is the development of a new set of skills related to the martial arts. I am currently working on a system for playing martial arts combat for Runesword. Please send your comments to heeznow@msn.com.

My martial arts arts skill system is called Rune-fu. It will be comprised of a set of trigger and creature files. Also I will document how to use the system to build Rune-fu skills along the same lines as new martial arts were created for AD&D Oriental Adventures. My system is not the same as theirs, but I am using it as one source. Other influences will be noted.

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Creating a Rune-fu martial art

A Rune-fu martial art is defined by the following:

  • Style: Hard (+1 attack), Soft (+1 defense), hard/soft
  • Method: Kick, Punch, Mental and Physical Training, Weapons Kata, Preasure Point Strikes.
  • Maneuvers: combinations of attacks and their stances that define different moves. An art should have up to 8 manuevers, with 5 comming from attacks of its method.
  • Descripton: A short discussion of what groups use this art and any philosophical notes on it.



~ Stances ~

There are 4 levels of stances:
    Celestial - rare and difficult to learn, often requiring a high level of mastery in its particlar art. Each Celestial stance is unique to a fighting style, and in its advantages and draw-backs.
    One-mind stances: (+2, +1, 0) These draw on the integration of other stances.
    Saintly stances: (+3, 0, 0) mastered only by experiened martial artists, these focus on the perfection of one state of mind.
    Earthly stances: (+1, 0, -1) These are basic stances taught to novitiates.

 

~ The Nine Stances ~

The Nine Stances form the foundation of Rune-fu arts. Each attack will end with the character set in a stance. Each stance has a different effect on a character's defense, attack and action points. In this way Rune-fu will stress the strategy of martial arts and force the player to choose their attacks wizely. The Nine Stances form the most common positions from which martial artists can attack. In addition, there may be other, rarer stances

   
Secondary Factor
Defense
Attack
Action Points
Primary
Defense
Prone
Wind
Factors
Attack
Mountain
Tiger
Action Points
Crane
Flowing River
Each set of stance attributes is rotated across three sets of modifiers : (+2, +1, 0), (+1, 0, -1), (3, 0, 0)
         

 

The Stances:
 
Defense
Attack
Action Points
Mountain
+2
+1
0
Dragon
+1
+2
0
Crane
0
+1
+2
Pheonix
+1
0
-1
Wind
-1
0
+1
Still Water
+1
-1
0
Snapping Turtle
0
+1
-1
Prone
3
0
0
Tiger
0
3
0
Flowing River
0
0
3


When assigning a stance to an attack, try to maintain game balance by having less stance property bonuses for stronger attacks.


~ Maneuvers ~

Maneuvers are gained one at a time upon raising the charcter's skill level. Special abilities, such as Healing Hands or Deflect Arrows, that are not attack moves may also be available at the rate of one per skill level.

Suggestions for different attacks to use in creating maneuvers follow, organized by their Methods:

Kick attacks

Attack

Earthly

Saintly

One-Mind Stances

Celecstial

Axe Kick

1D10

2D6

2D8

4D6

Backward Sweep

0

0

0

0

Crescent Kick

1D10

2D6

2D8

4D6

Flying Jump Kick

x3

x3

x3

x3

Flying Reverse Spinning Kick

2D6

2D8

3D6

5D6

Flying Reverse Turn Kick

x4

x4

x4

x4

Jump Kick

x2

x2

x2

x2

Kick Attack

1D8

1D10

2D6

3D6

Roundhouse Kick

2D6

2D8

3D6

5D6

Shin Kick

1D6

1D8

1D10

2D8

Snap Kick

1D6

1D8

1D10

2D8

Sweep Kick

1D4

1D6

1D8

2D6

Tripping/Leg Hook

0

0

0

0

Wheel Kick

1D10

2D6

2D8

4D6

Butjapgo Chagi (hand/kick)

1D6/2D6

1D8/2D8

1D10/3D6

2D8/5D6

Punches

 

Mental and Physical Discipline

 

Weapons Kata
      Weapons Kata are maneuvers that require a specific weapon be equipped in order to perform them.

 

Preassure Point Strikes

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