Even when GURPS Martial Arts: Technical Grappling was published, there were ways to simplify it, and some of those were included in. Any references to “the book” below refer to GURPS Technical Grappling, and the “core rules” are the ones from GURPS Characters and. 1. Make an attack. You may initiate a grapple, improve a grip, break a grapple, or perform a special attack. Initiate a grapple by making an attack with DX.

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But we basically aren’t doing any of the cinematic rules for it, either. Like I said, the book is not organized for presentation.

It would seem more exciting from a players stand point to have something like Technical Grappling to try to resist the mind control power than nust to say sorry your PC can do nothing because he failed his resistance roll. More than 30 of them — some new, some modified. As someone with little real-world experience of grappling sports, I found this especially daunting.

The rules are robust enough to handle these cases plausibly. I needed 3 sessions with big fights to get comfortable with the mechanics, and that was with posting my questions to gfappling forum and getting helpful answers from the grapplign. So there is a chance of a marginal grab. Douglas Cole September 17, at A few good rolls by Vryce and he whittled the CP on his arm down until the crushroom’s grinding constriction was merely dangerous instead of potentially lethal – that added to a sense that trying to get free is worth it even when the odds are against you.

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Achieve leverage by jockeying for not only posture, but also facing and orientation. Admittedly, we’re using a stripped down set of rules from TG, not all of the bells and whistling going with all of the rules for realism turned on. If you can grab and smash or grab and stabyou can spend the control points directly as bonus damage.

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. In any case, nothing in Technical Grappling makes the karateka easier to grab in the first place, and the control point roll from a human foe is likely to impose -1 or -2 to ST and DX, favorable to the -4 DX under the original rules.


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GURPS Technical Grappling Sequence

However, unless he gets a grip of his own, he does so without the benefit of control points. By the Basic Set rules, a graby by that is game over – it bites for 4d, it holds on, and crushes you to death while you hope you and your friends can kill it.

Find More Posts by CraigM. But with CP-limited grapples, even with the massive CP they can inflict one did 34 CP on Vryce, enough to reduce a normal man to total immobility almost twice overthere is a cap to the badness.

More than this, I cannot say. The core concept is very simple indeed: 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. So in the middle of the very first paragraph I stop reading and flip to the back — the table is mathematically intuitive so I can memorize the numbers easily, but the list of skills and techniques it applies to makes no immediate sense to me I can’t see an easy way to memorize them.

Control and entangle your foes with a surprising variety of melee weapons. Counters to being grappled are now set so even weaker PCs can slowly work out of the grasp of monsters, so attempting to break free is much more often a useful exercise. I mentioned a couple times that we’re using Technical Grappling for Dungeon Fantasy. This bonus adds to the effective ST of the limb or combination of limbs used to grapple: I wish there was something like that for mental combat.

Technical Grappling makes a couple of things more clear: First, it introduces some granularity.

It’s a way tecynical make grappling monsters both scarier and a more nuanced foe. Martial Arts introduced the concept of an armed grapple with weapon skill, but with the requirement that you drop your shield to hold that weapon with both hands, it seemed like a losing proposition as well.


Normally, you do the deriving in advance, one time, but with effective attribute scores fluctuating in a grappling situation, you may have to do it several times in a combat that represents only a few seconds of game time.

But really mind control powers like mind control magic and powers are no fun to have inflicted on PCs.

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Posted by Peter V. Along the way, it makes rules for grappling more consistent with those of combat in general. Fortunately, I persevered, and after the first pass, I had enough sense of the overall framework to read it again for understanding.

Ideally, if you do nothing effective to technnical 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.

Way of the Warrior — Featuring two articles from the author of Technical Grappling: Last edited by munin; at It contributed to a first impression of massive complexity that is not present in actual play.

But actually, it’s not that crazy. It’s not a way to make a grappling badass who choke-slams and arm locks monsters two per second – although you can do that. Oh yes, it really does. Or at least, suffer -4 DX and wait for the crushroom gra;pling do a Takedown easy and Pin easier and end it.

Let me say instead that this book is highly useful if you have a campaign that fits any of these descriptions: Running CP so that toothy maws grabbing onto your plate armor and – despite not penetrating – holding on means bite-based grapples suddenly become a continuing problem even if their damage is too low to be a direct means of killing you.