Berserk Magic

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Berserk Magic Submitted by Gilen on Wed, 10/07/2013 – 11:41

Hello  I’m going to direct a adventure, prax adventure, in L.E.S convention, september, in Spain.  I have a character, a agimori, maybe member of Storm Bull society. And in rules, I don´t know how to do the berserk magic. thanks ‹ too few players in a group HeroQuest II FAQ ›

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Berserk

Submitted by David on Thu, 11/07/2013 – 04:48.

The basic info for Storm Bull is in Sartar, Kingdom of Heroes, page 173.

Members of the cult/spirit society use their:

Eternal battle affinity – page 175

or

Rage of the Bull charm – page 177

to go berserk.

As HQ is a narrative game, you need to describe what is happening (frame the contest) – For example:

“Using my Rage of the Bull charm, my hero goes berserk, and tries to charge the group of broo using his axe to kill them all”

As a narrator, I’d probably let the hero attack 4 broo at once as he swings his axe wildly.

The Engaging Multiple Opponents rule on page 43 of HQ will make this messy – but i’d say berserkers get to ignore that in my game. I’d treat all 4 as one target.

Failure would mean that all 4 are still fighting!

Afterwards the character is still berserk, the charm level is now a flaw – lets see if the hero can snap out of it or needs some help. Should the other group members start to run.

In my Praxian campaign, I limit the number of Storm Bulls to one, just to balence the group.

 

If you’d like to know more, please ask.

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David Scott

Berserk and Risky Gambit

Submitted by Gilen on Thu, 11/07/2013 – 17:25.

Thanks

Maybe I don’t understand well, and the english isn’t my mother language. 

 If I understand you, in rules, berserk magic is a bad thing for the character, you can attack multiples opponents, but without that magic you also can do it. And you have the flaw that you can attack your allies… and you’d have to use the risky gambit rule (and this is bad for the character).  Possible good things in that magic:

– Maybe berserk magic is a specific ability when the character fights against chaos.

– Maybe the character can ignore the multiple opponents penalty 

A off-topic question, the risky gambit rule don’t convince me. But I don’t know how to do a house rule that I’d like. I think it is promoted the defense, specialy, Defensive Responses rule.

 

A character, CH-A, using the Risky Gambit rule VS another character, CH-B, using Defensive Responses: 

 

– CH-B is overriding the benefits from the CH-A action.  

– And CH-B have all the benefits of the Risky Gambit (when he is doing Defensive Responses) and none of the disadvantages.

 

PD: The edit text don’t work well,  I have to insert the paragraphs in the code with labels: < p >

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mechanics vs. story

Submitted by Charles on Thu, 11/07/2013 – 21:00.

The HeroQuest rules are simple. Every skill is mechanically identically equal to any other. The whole point of this is so that the mechanics can support the story that players and GMs want.

The good and bad of the berserk seem to be important to your story. What do you want the berserker to be?

Once this is clear, you can work out how the rules might support it.

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