The. GURPS Martial Arts: Technical Grappling web page is technicalgrappling. Bibliographies. Many of our books have extensive bib-. Forum poster Icelander wanted to create a special martial arts style for actually being trained to arrest and detain folks. It’s based on how they. Even when GURPS Martial Arts: Technical Grappling was published, there were ways to simplify it, and some of those were included in.

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My own campaign grappilng these, as I have fantasy world that makes gladiators of races like centaurs and scorpion-men. But the first chapter especially could martila have used a “roadmap” — an overview of how the material was going to be presented and how the mechanics were going to be introduced.

But it was a good way to try the rules out and stop and ask when I didn’t know why something worked the way it did. For hurting them, you spend control points to set bounds on damage.

As a consequence, you roll damage control points based on half your ST, but you get a bonus from using a weapon instead of bare hands, so it works out about the same for normal human ST ranges. The benefit of using a grapple to move a foe is alike in kind, to put him in a facing or posture in which his defenses are penalized, and hopefully to keep him there, so that the remainder of the combat is a one-sided affair in your favor.

This is true of causing damage with a lock, and also true of using a grapple to force some kind of frappling in position. You can use it for other things, burps, as the name that the author has chosen for this special type of damage makes clear: He’d have been better off achieving knife control and saving the throw for later, srts my goal was to get entry and grappling rolls in, and establish how it would start, not “win. Whether your campaign features athletes wrestling for prizes and honor, lawmen who must control and disarm suspects, or historical warriors trained to fight to the death, Martial Arts: Mostly “my” guy got in trouble when he got overly aggressive.


I now feel qualified to review it not only on the basis of how it reads, but how it plays.

GURPS Martial Arts: Technical Grappling

Newer Post Older Post Home. So now I try to go back to reading, but I’m already starting to think I won’t be able to use this, so my heart is no longer in it. Normally, you do the deriving in advance, one time, but with effective attribute scores fluctuating in a tchnical situation, you may have to do it several times in a combat that represents only a few seconds of game time. If you can imagine a grappling situation, you can probably model it with these rules, step-by-step. They’re a threat now, but I like how TG allows for a range of danger beyond simply “grappled and in danger” and “not grappled and fine.

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Ideally, if you do nothing effective tefhnical stop him, he can pile up enough control points to make you all but helpless, then force you into a disadvantageous position with your back to him, then free up his hands by trapping you with some other limb or part of a limb, and then wail away unopposed. So far, so good.

I read the book a couple of times – both in total and in pieces. For my test fighter, the smart move would have been to throw the guy down and then just run – by the time Mr.

I couldn’t follow the playtest too closely, so much as lurk on it and pay attention when Doug needed a specific answer on things from the authors of GURPS Martial Arts. And if you grab a foe frappling different places, then he may have different penalties for each limb.


Yet the examples of play I’ve read on Gaming Ballistic have made sense to me and seemed like fun.

The good news is, the full potential complexity I just described is rarely seen in actual play, and when it is, a little hand-waving and guestimating is good enough. The canny warrior knows that grappling is fundamental to fighting.

I really liked how much the results made sense – moves I could really do really work, and the patient, control-first martial arts style I learn Kachin Bando makes even more sense in play since piling on CPs is nothing but good.

But as a fighting method, it ended up relying a bit too much on hope “I hope he gets Stunned and drops his weapon! The time now is I was in the playtest for the book, but at the time, I had a lot going on. Chapter 1 introduces the basic concept and many more besides, like the idea that if someone grabs you, their weight with gear affects your encumbrance, and your weight affects theirs. This is a hard subject to get a hold on, however; volumes have been written about leverage alone.

It needs to start with some simple mechanic that’s easy to remember and called out, not buried in endless prosethen add in complexity for specific maneuvers as an option.

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However, unless he gets a grip of his own, he does so without the benefit of control points. Narrow your focus with the One Foe option, exploit Committed Attack to force a posture change, pass a ugrps to trap your opponent, and more.

High Risk Is High Risk – a quickie grab-and-throw with Judo is good, and still works very well in TG, but doesn’t give you much control.