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Offline Irregular Wars Nic

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Palaeo Diet: Q&A (now with added wind!)
« on: January 12, 2018, 10:46:09 PM »
In his own thread, Eric (AKA nervisfr) posted a few queries and comments regarding my set of prehistoric hunting rules Palaeo Diet: Eat or be Eaten. I figured, if it's OK to do so, that I would make a new thread to answer his questions, and any others that get asked along the way. Feel free to add your own!

Rules design questions
* Fighting rules :
All our players know the ganesha game system and like it. They were surprise to see that you don’t choose the same game mechanism to rule fight/shoot sequences and the Character in PALEO DIET.
The profile’s characters of AdSOBH could be used to create animals like Big, Huge, etc......


Attacking was intentionally kept simple in PDEE for a few reasons:
1) The feeling was that we wanted to focus on the action-reaction mechanic and the relationship between hunters and beasts. Attacking, while obviously very important, was simplified to allow more nuance to the core mechanic
2) A beast should not automatically attack back if attacked. With the opposed roll system used for combat by many (not all) Ganesha games would have made this the case. 'Grogg raises he club to hit the goat, but instead the goat hit him' - that didn't feel right in the context of the game.
3) As a game intended to be suitable for solo play without any changes, it felt better having a single roll rather than opposed rolls.
4) The core mechanics also already called for so quite a bit of dice rolling, so this way of reducing additional dice rolls.

* Use of wind :
There is no wind rule concept (big classic of hunting).
May be it’s difficult to deal with ?
A bonus in the reaction table ?


Here you are sort of right. There is wind - used to determine ground fire movement. There is not any 'smell on the wind' rule in the published version of the rules. During playtesting we did have a smelly hominid rule which gave reaction modifiers to beasts standing down wind of a hunter. However, everyone agreed that the rule (in various different versions) added an extra thing to remember, but didn't add any real benefit to the game play.

We are currently working on an expansion (a narrative campaign with new scenarios and a few added beast types), and have been discussing a different way of introducing smelly hunters back into the game. Playtesting will tell if that is successful or not.

Rules questions
* Bow use:
In the rule, the bow receive a -1 for attack. Does it’s for shooting only or it’s for the fight in hand-to hand too . If the bowman is in base contact ?
In short terms :
Spear : no minus/bonus (shoot or base contact fight)
Club : + 1 in base contact fight
Bow : - 1 for shoot and base contact ?


Yes, that is correct. A bow always confers a -1 penalty representing the fact that arrows are lighter than a spear or club and that a bow requires more skill to use. In base contact, the hunter probably has a knife, but that, again, is considered less effective than a club or spear.

*Predator :
Request to hunt in pack but there is no bonus in the reaction table if an another predator (same species)  is nearby the testing one.
A hyeana could be more aggressive if surronded by friend pack psychology (we stronger if we are in pack).


There is no need to run pack predators in packs, indeed, I never do with boar for example. You are right that there is no aggression bonus, but there is the Stampede reaction which will mean that is one pack predator is chased off, the others might flee too.

Home rules ideas (WIP) :
* Ammunition :
Do you try to use an ammunition expenditure system or something like ?
For example, in a several players game where one player drive only 1 or 2 figurines.
We found that’s could bring an another level to the game. In our 3 games, i noticed some hunters (spear or bow armed) going eagerly near a beast to shoot at them instead of cautious approches like true hunters. Wasting shots as it’s free and no nead to reloading, making the « Throw stone action » nearly useless because no wound can be inflicted compared to shooting (spear and bow).
I think an ammunition rules can make players more responsible about their shooting actions. If you have only 2 spears to use, you will try to make efficient shoot instead pelting anything approching. Especially with a predator in the area.
Throw a spear meaning, you have to get it back if you miss as soon as it’s possible.
Modelling spears or arrows is simple (toothpick as the simple way).
The spear/arrow’s model  staying where the target was missed or killed.
Stones aren’t concerned of course.
A wounded animal bringing the missile with him or rendering it useless (on a D6 ?).


Yep, that would work. It adds a level of complication to the game which some players will like, and some will not, but in principal it sounds Ok. Three spears or eight arrows perhaps, with missiles that wound an animal saying in the beast on a roll of 1-3, or falling onto the ground on a 4+. Again, this would add extra dice rolling.

* Predator pack bonus :
+ 1 on the reaction table for more than one animal of the same specie at S ? M ? L ? of the reacting predator.
Could make the pack members more eager/aggressive when supported.


Again, that would work, just adding an extra modifier to remember. If you used it, I would keep it to within 1x Small radius.

* Reaction table
A modifier (like wounded) for a female greazer with her calf in danger for example....need a definition for this statut...


I have been considering adding guidelines for juvenile beasts which would do something like that. However, I don't think the current expansion is really the right place for that. I would suggest something fairly simple such as having juvenile beasts  use the same reaction table as adults, but anytime they are attacked (not necessarily wounded), a specifically tagged parent beast would automatically react with an Attack response against the attacker.

The attributes would be: Savagery: always 6+; Resilience: as adult -1; Bulk: as adult -1

I hope those answers explain a few things. Let me know if there are any other questions.
« Last Edit: January 21, 2018, 06:53:56 PM by Irregular Wars Nic »

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Re: Palaeo Diet: Q&A
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2018, 12:03:48 PM »
Thank you for your time! Will they be new type of beasts? Like armored beast (giant tatoo , crocodile), oceanic rules, (hunting wales or seals) in fact will they be an expansion?
Loving your game!

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Re: Palaeo Diet: Q&A
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2018, 06:53:53 PM »
Many thanks to Nic for the answers and rules clarifications.

 ;)

i'll report that to my club buddies :D

Aquatic could be fun .  ;)
Many years ago i have created Whales hunt (in 15mm) working on reaction tables like in Tusk (at this time) and PALEAO DIET (now).
Ans since a few years, i have an egyptian hippo game hunt ,in mind....May be (now) on the PALAEO system, who's know ?

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Re: Palaeo Diet: Q&A
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2018, 12:41:59 PM »

Mr. Nic, thank you very much for answering the rules questions!  ;)

No wind rules = no hunting game worth of its salt for me. But who cares?!  lol lol lol 
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Re: Palaeo Diet: Q&A
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2018, 01:01:30 PM »
Mr. Nic, thank you very much for answering the rules questions!  ;)

No wind rules = no hunting game worth of its salt for me. But who cares?!  lol lol lol 

dinohunterterpoa, why don't you create your own wind rules ?

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Re: Palaeo Diet: Q&A
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2018, 01:15:16 PM »
dinohunterterpoa, why don't you create your own wind rules ?

We've already did, of course! House rules are the best, EVER!  lol lol lol


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Re: Palaeo Diet: Q&A
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2018, 08:30:58 PM »
dinohunterterpoa, why don't you create your own wind rules ?

I don't think you should encourage him.  o_o o_o

I've tried the rules playing against
Giant Grazers - don't think they would care about human scent (we'll just tread on them)
Apex Predators - don't think they would care about human scent ( Food is coming our way)
Pack Predators - don't think they would care about human scent (Food is coming our way)
Herd Grazers - they probably too dense to worry, I've seen herds of grazers with predators all around and they only run when attacked.

I do think that if you are hunting a solitary animal then it's different, but herds tend to be a bit mindless, like humans really. My other thought and you can see I don't have many is that at this time we were probably as much prey as predator and if you attack a wolf with a spear you might not be the same adversary as if you had a gun. he might not fear you as much, even if you smell.

There are rules for wind to do with fire and the direction it goes, so it's maybe not a big issue and as nervisfr says you could use your own rules although you do not have to tell us what they are. lol lol
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« Last Edit: January 15, 2018, 09:27:14 PM by Vagabond »

Offline Irregular Wars Nic

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Re: Palaeo Diet: Q&A
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2018, 11:54:43 AM »
Thanks gents. As I said, we think there is a handy way of doing wind which doesn't require additional dice rolling, but it needs testing out.

At present there are four new beast profiles in the WIP campaign, this might stay at four, or go up to five or six.

I haven't tried crocodiles or hippos yet! Would a hippo just be a giant grazer able to move through water?

A crocodile would need some sort of attack which dragged the hunter towards it and into water... :?

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Re: Palaeo Diet: Q&A
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2018, 04:57:59 PM »
In my opinion, i think that Crocodile and Hippo need 2 reaction charts. 1 on land and 1 in water.
Hippo have very bad reputation in africa as being one of the most agressive animal on the continent (on land and on water).


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Re: Palaeo Diet: Q&A
« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2018, 03:16:11 PM »
In my opinion, i think that Crocodile and Hippo need 2 reaction charts. 1 on land and 1 in water.
Hippo have very bad reputation in africa as being one of the most agressive animal on the continent (on land and on water).



Hippos are the most dangerous animal africa if I remember right.

They're the lunatics that are known to use their babies as bait to lure in crocodiles to kill.

Hell, they're becoming a nightmare in Columbia thanks to once being  Pablo Ecsabar's favorite pets...

For Crocs...Africa has Gustave...

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Re: Palaeo Diet: Q&A
« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2018, 04:36:06 PM »
Hippos are the most dangerous animal africa if I remember right.

They're the lunatics that are known to use their babies as bait to lure in crocodiles to kill.

Hell, they're becoming a nightmare in Columbia thanks to once being  Pablo Ecsabar's favorite pets...

For Crocs...Africa has Gustave...

ahh Gustave . what an amazing creature ! Still alive ?

i found that picture for a comparison scale about Megafauna 's animals .



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Re: Palaeo Diet: Q&A (now with added wind!)
« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2018, 06:55:40 PM »
What do folks think of this approach to wind/smells then?

Optional rule: smelly hunters
For players wishing to add to their woes, why not admit that your hunters probably haven’t had a wash in a while. If the smelly hunters special rule is used, all hunters (but not hounds) are considered to produce a pungent scent that can be smelt by all beasts immediately downwind.

The smelly hunters rule uses the same method to determine wind direction as the ground fire rules (PDEE p.18). Note that wind direction is only ever rolled for once per hunt and will not change. The same wind direction should be used for smelly hunters and to determine the direction that ground fires will spread.

The Zone of Scent (ZoS)
The hunter’s scent wafts downwind to fill an equalatoral triangle template where each side measures 1x Long distance. We call this triangle the zone of scent, or ZoS. Some players may find it easier to create a template on a clear acetate sheet to hold adjacent to the hunter when there are beasts nearby.

Place one corner of the ZoS in base contact with the hunter and orientate the triangle in the direction of the wind as shown in the diagram below. As a rule of thumb, if any part of a beast’s base touches the ZoS, it can small the hunter. If in doubt, let the beasts have a whiff.

Whenever a hunter rolls to activate, any failed activation dice will cause the beasts nearest the hunter to react as described in the core rules (PDEE p.23). However, after rolling beast reactions, but before the hunter is able to complete their own actions, any beasts within the ZoS which have not yet reacted, will do so, with a -2 on their reaction roll. Treat all modified results of 0 or less as a 1.

Note that this means that every beast within a hunter’s ZOS will react when a hunter rolls to activate, regardless of the number of activation dice rolled, by the hunter or their results.


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Re: Palaeo Diet: Q&A
« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2018, 02:08:51 AM »
ahh Gustave . what an amazing creature ! Still alive ?

As far as I know, the possibly demonic nile croc is still wandering Africa...

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Re: Palaeo Diet: Q&A
« Reply #13 on: January 22, 2018, 11:43:55 AM »
As far as I know, the possibly demonic nile croc is still wandering Africa...

Photographer Simona Doyle has taken pictures of it in July 2017. The YouTube videos featuring a supposedly captured Gustave are in fact of the saltwater croc Lolong of the Philippines, who died in captivity in 2013.

 

   

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Re: Palaeo Diet: Q&A (now with added wind!)
« Reply #14 on: January 22, 2018, 12:34:04 PM »
Good stuff on the Smelly Hunters rule, Nic: it particularly interested my three young boys, for some reason. ::)

We will give it a try at the next opportunity, and see if it passes the sniff test.

 

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