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PostSubject: The House of Ainsley - Standing House Rules   Sun Feb 06, 2011 7:12 am

Because most Game Masters and specific campaigns have house rules, exceptions to the standard rules commonly applied to suit the tastes and needs of the Game Master, the players and the campaign itself.

This campaign is no exception.

House rules will be posted below as they are ruled or restated. Be sure to check up on this topic for posts and updates. Thank you. Cool
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PostSubject: Re: The House of Ainsley - Standing House Rules   Sun Feb 06, 2011 7:38 am

House Rule: Reaching Polearms

Certain polearms count as reach weapons, capable of attacking enemies up to 10 or 15 feet away (depending on the polearm's specified length); such weapons include halberds, ranseurs, longspears and pikes, glaives and guisarmes, but not shorter polearms with reaches of 6 feet or less (such as shortspears, javelins and tridents).






The normal D&D 3.x rules state that such polearms can only attack enemies at their normal reach distance. Enemies who are within 5 feet of the polearm's wielder are normally too close to be attacked, and the polearm wielder must either retreat (to continue attacking with the polearm) or drop the polearm and either fight unarmed or switch to a weapon better suited for such close quarters (such as a longsword or a dagger).



However, speaking as someone who has tried his hand at wielding a pike in real life before, I have implemented the house rule that such reaching polearms can be "short-shafted" (gripped further up the shaft, nearer the weapon's head) and used to attack someone within 5 feet, as long as the 5-foot space immediately behind the wielder--and opposite the enemy being attacked--is vacant. The reason for this would be that the polearm's shaft and butt must be able to move around freely, and any obstacles in that space--including but not limited to walls, trees, boulders, allies, bystanders and other enemies--will block the butt and negate the wielder's attempt to short-wield the polearm.



Furthermore, the normal rules apply if the polearm is set against a charge. The polearm must be braced in the wielder's space and deployed at full length, attacking the charging enemy as soon as he/she/it enters the polearm's normal threat range. If this is not possible for any reason, then the polearm cannot be set against the charge.



Any questions so far? Cool
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