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The Riddle of Steel

Appendices
Appendix One: Damage Tables
As with everything, the Seneschal should use
Items under the “Roll” column are determined with
the roll of a d6. Roman numerals refer to the Hit Location common sense and discretion in interpreting wounds,
Chart (Table 4.2), explained in Book Four: The Codex damage, and anything on this table. When encountering
of Battle. All results are open to Seneschal interpretation. non-humanoid opponents, modify results appropriately.
Wounds are meant to hurt, and most light wounds
are just an opening for the killing blow. Remember—
you don’t have to lead your opponent to instantaneous
death to kill him off. Sometimes it takes a while. Likewise,
most pain modifiers assume standing postures (especially
those related to the feet—sitting or prone characters may
have less of a modifier from pain). When characters are
knocked down all pools drop to 1/3 current value (after
penalties, etc…). Yeah, getting hit sucks.

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ADVICE FROM AN OLD BLADESLINGER
Hitting an opponent is easy—but not getting hit is hard. Allocate more dice to defense than to offence, and always be willing
to evade should things get tight.
Use maneuvers carefully—many of them can spell the doom of your opponent when executed at the right moment. But
beware—he might have a few up his sleeve, as well.
Whenever you fight someone that you have never fought before—especially in a duel or one-on-one setting—be extra
cautious. You don’t know how many dice he’s got in his pool, and finding out the hard way usually leads to death.
Ambushes, surprise attacks, dirty tricks, and guerilla tactics have been working for thousands of years. They’ll work for you,
too.

CUTTING DAMAGE

CUTTING DAMAGE TABLES

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and chain on the chest. Take advantage of longer weapons. flee from sorcerers and archers. especially if your primary weapons tend to be longer. When he has gotten into a rhythm of allocating a steady quantity of dice against your attacks. Never get into a fight without a plan. Your opponent is likely to stick to his pattern. When he is pinned. Catch them later with their guard down. and close range when against them. You can’t parry an arrow.238 The Riddle of Steel MORE ADVICE FROM AN OLD BLADESLINGER • • • • CUTTING DAMAGE • • • • • • Strike for unarmored body parts. or push him toward a cliff edge. Not getting hit is more important than hitting hard. reinforcements. costs little money and has no CP loss. If your opponent is using a lot of dice to protect his unprotected parts. nor can you dodge a curse. Always carry a dagger. Change location frequently. Unless you are close and fast. A little leather on the arms and legs. armored parts of his body. work him into a corner. go for the unarmored part again. stick him with a dagger. If this fails. throw several attacks at different. and you will strike his unprotected flesh. Never go into a big battle without armor (or at least a shield). . resort to Half-sword techniques or grappling. Take higher ground. Even the greatest swordsman can’t defend all sides at once. Save Luck dice for defense. or a way out. Use terrain to lower your opponent’s Combat Pool.

Appendices 239 PUNCTURE DAMAGE PUNCTURE DAMAGE TABLES .

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gamers. A real eye-opener for enthusiasts. 2 vols. Illustrated Methods and Techniques. 1998. 1986. Janet Cowen. Boulder: Paladin Press. Le Morte D’Arthur. 1998. re-enactors. Medieval Swordsmanship. Renaissance Swordsmanship. Malory. ed. Boulder: Paladin Press. Illustrated Methods and Techniques. and martial artists. These two texts are the best modern manuals on the actual physical practice of medieval and renaissance martial arts currently available. . John.242 The Riddle of Steel BLUDGEONING (BLUNT/BASHING) DAMAGE TABLES BLUNT DAMAGE RECOMMENDED READING AND RESOURCES Books: Clements. 1969 London: Penguin Classics. Sir Thomas.

.R. Dir. 1998. A Book of Five Rings. Available in editions from 1954 to the present. BLUNT DAMAGE Yamamoto Tsunetomo. Available in a translation by Mark Rector under the title Medieval Combat. Dir. Gladiator. . Tolkien. Ridley Scott. John McTiernan Braveheart. Richard Donner. Hagakure. Swiat Krola Artura. Hans. Dir. Dir. Houghton Mifflin. written by Poland’s premiere fantasy author. J. Sapkowsi. German Fechtbuch of 1467. The Lord of the Rings. directed by Peter Jackson. Legend. Dir. Ladyhawke. Warsaw (Warszawa): superNOVA. The Dark Crystal. Mel Gibson.Appendices 243 Musashi. Jim Henson The Seven Samurai. 1999. (Anything by Kurosawa is good) And there are so many more. Sun Tzu. The Art of War Talhoffer. The recent film from New Line Cinema. Miyamoto. Dir. is worth seeing a few times as well.R. Unfortunately. Films: 13th Warrior. Boulder: Paladin Press. it’s in Polish. Ridley Scott. Andrzej. Dir Akira Kurosawa. This is the best book on Arthurian lore and the background mythology available from a standpoint of scope and readability..

Attribute: A measure of a character’s prowess in the three major spheres: Temporal. which is the Target Number used for Proficiency Tests involving attack during both Melee and Missile Combat. and Spiritual. Bout: A single match or duel between two or more opponents. See Book Four: . ATN (Attack Target Number): Each individual weapon has its own ATN. is used in Combat and Sorcery. Mental. Armor Value: The amount of protection a piece of armor provides to the area that it covers. and ends when the fighting stops and time returns to abstract measurement. BLUNT DAMAGE Armor Penalty: A negative modifier applied to the Combat Pool and Move Attribute when armor is worn. A fourth group. See Book Four: The Codex of Battle. See Book One: In the Beginning.244 The Riddle of Steel GLOSSARY OF GAME TERMS This list contains definitions for many important terms used in The Riddle of Steel. See Book Four: The Codex of Battle. See Book Four: The Codex of Battle. the Derived Attributes. A Bout begins as soon as the Seneschal declares that time is broken into Rounds (such as during combat).

The Codex of Battle. While any scrap of paper will do. and so forth. Fatigue affects combat and movement. Missile: Long-range combat using weapons such as thrown rocks and spears. Flaws: Weaknesses or disadvantages that make a character unique from others. See Book Five: The Laws of Nature. Damage Rating (DR): The amount of damage a weapon inflicts prior to adding the number of attack successes. Exchange: One half of a Round. bows and crossbows. The combination of DR and the margin of attack successes create the Wound Rating. See Book Two: The Birth of a Legend? Combat Pool (CP): A pool of dice used during melee combat. See Book Four: The Codex of Battle. belongings. See Book Four: The Codex of Battle. or jousting. See Book Three: Training. we recommend using the one in the appendix. Player Characters (often referred to as “PCs” or simply “Characters”) are the imaginary persona’s whose actions are controlled by a player. See Book Three: Training. Combat. Fatigue: A measurement of how physically tired or exhausted your character has become. Melee: Any up-close form of physical combat. See Book Four: The Codex of Battle. Combat. attributes. Character: There are two kinds of Characters in The Riddle of Steel. See Book Four: The Codex of Battle. Character Sheet: A piece of paper used to record your character’s traits. See Book One: In the Beginning. and how if effects him in physical feats (such as combat and movement). Dice: The Riddle of Steel uses two kinds of polygonal dice: several 10-sided (d10) and six-sided (d6). which is the Target Number used for Proficiency Tests involving defense during Combat. See Book Five: The Laws of Nature. Command Pool: A pool of dice used when leading groups in mass combat. See Book Four: The Codex of Battle. sword fighting. DTN (Defense Target Number): Each individual weapon has its own DTN. See Book Four: The Codex of Battle. See Book Four: The Codex of Battle. such as brawling. Gifts: Strengths or advantages that make a character unique from others. and progress. Non-Player Characters (or “NPCs”) are those imaginary persons and entities controlled by the Seneschal. BLUNT DAMAGE Appendices 245 . skills. Encumbrance: An abstract and approximate measurement of how much stuff a character is carrying.

applying severe negative modifiers. See Book One: In the Beginning. acting as storyteller and referee.” and a –1 modifier means “roll one die less on this roll. Skill: Any trade. See Book Four: The Codex of Battle. thus a +1 modifier means “add one extra die to this roll. study. faeries.” See Book One: In the Beginning. these are the most powerful and noble of the elves and faeries. Pain: A modifier applied to the Combat. Margin of Success: The number of successes remaining after an opponent’s successes have been subtracted from the total original successes on any Contested Roll and most Proficiency Tests. See Book Three: Training. One Round is roughly one to two seconds long. Round: The unit of time used in situations involving combat. Proficiency: A measure of training. such as an individual attack. and Sorcery Pools due to wounds taken or other harmful stimulus. Sometimes called “bonuses” or “penalties. Player: A real-life person. There are many skills. Seneschal: A special player who leads the game. Insight: This trait tracks a character’s growth and progression. See Book Three: Training. See Book Four: The Codex of Battle. defense.246 The Riddle of Steel BLUNT DAMAGE Halfling: Any character born of both human and siehe or fey parents. It is a vital factor in creating a new character. sprites. Greater: Called the Fey. and love to meddle in human affairs. See Book Four: The Codex of Battle. Often called the “GM” or Game Master. Siehe. and ability with weapons and fighting styles. See Book Three: Training. called a Character or PC. Maneuver: A specific action within a Proficiency. Missile Pool: A pool of dice used in long-range combat. Also called a man-elf or half-elf.” All modifiers in The Riddle of Steel are applied to the number of dice rolled. or flashy move. Shock: A form of Pain that lasts for one Round. or craft. as a higher Insight can have a profound effect on how powerful a new PC will be upon creation. Lesser: These elves. and trolls are less powerful than their noble cousins are. Missile. skill. Modifier: A positive or negative adjustment to any die roll. . who controls an imaginary persona. See Book Four: The Codex of Battle. They delight in mischief and troublemaking. Siehe.

allowing Target numbers as high as 20.. used in skill checks. One’s class affects wealth. then it would have been rolled over. it would then be thrown again. and Lord.and each one is quantified by a Skill Rating (SR). If that same roll had been another 10. and social circles. legal rights. See Book Three: Training. education. See Book Six: Sorcery. and greater to be achieved (albeit very rarely). magicians. Freeman. There is no limit to the number of times a die may Stack. Stacking: Any time a die rolls a 10 that die may be rerolled and then added. See Book One: In the Beginning. Five primary classes are recognized in some form or another throughout Weyrth’s many nations: Slave/Bondsman. if a die rolled 10. Sorcery: The ability to bend the nine powers of magic to one’s will. 30. Gentry. The first three are considered “common. See Book Three: Training. Target Number (TN): The minimum number that must be rolled on one die in order to generate one success. BLUNT DAMAGE Appendices 247 . witches. Sorcery is practiced by wizards.” the last two “noble. If the second roll produced a 6. See Book Three: In the Beginning. Peasant. then the total for that die would be 16. See Book Six: Sorcery. Skills work in combination with Attributes.” See Book Seven: The World of Weyrth. See Book One: In the Beginning. Social Class: Weyrth’s many nations divide their peoples into diverse social classes. Sorcery Pool: A pool of dice used by sorcerers in the creation and casting of spells. and the Fey (from whom it is said to originate). For example. druids. Skill Rating: A specialized form of Target Number (TN). Test: Any time dice are rolled against a Target Number (TN).

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Wound Level: Often simply referred to as “wounds. See Book Four: The Codex of Battle. See Book Six: Sorcery.” Any lasting damage sustained by a character or object. Wound Rating: Any damage done to a target prior to calculating in armor and Toughness (TO). BLUNT DAMAGE Appendices 249 . 1 being a light degree of damage. There are nine vagaries. each of which controls some aspect of the creation and use of magic. See Book Four: The Codex of Battle.Vagaries: The sorcerous counterpart to Proficiencies. 5 leading to death and dismemberment. All wounds in The Riddle of Steel have a ranking from 1 to 5.

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cold.Appendices 251 GENERIC DAMAGE TABLE GENERIC DAMAGE This table is used for many magical attacks. and other non-body-part-specific damage. It can be applied to a single body part (such as with fire) as well. heat. given slight modification (use your imagination). .

252 The Riddle of Steel Appendix Two: Combined Weapon Statistics SWORDS AND THE LIKE .

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254 The Riddle of Steel AXES AND MASS WEAPONS .

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Longbow 2-4 rounds preparation time: Pull arrow: 0 (on ground). Damage is figured using the bow’s ST. not the user’s. 2 (from quiver). Their primary drawback is the significant training necessary for their proper use. knock and draw: 2 Refresh begins with drawing the arrow. 2 (from quiver). though reloading one is slow. time by one second at Reflex/TN of 8 Attack Target Number (ATN): 5 Effective ST: 4 DR (damage rating): ST +2p (6 total) Range: +1 ATN per 10 yards Crossbows are powerful and easy to use. not the user’s. time by one second at Reflex/TN of 8 Attack Target Number (ATN): 7 Effective ST: 5 (no one with a lower ST may use this bow) DR (damage rating): ST +3p (8 total) Range: +1 ATN per 25 yards Longbows.256 The Riddle of Steel Bows NATURAL WEAPONS. Damage is figured using the bow’s ST. knock and draw: 4 Refresh begins once the arrow is cocked. 2 MP dice to reduce prep. are about 6’ long and incredibly powerful. common in Angharad. 2 MP dice to reduce prep. BOWS Crossbow 4-6 rounds preparation time: Pull arrow: 0 (on ground). .

time by one second at Reflex/TN of 8 Attack Target Number (ATN): 6 Effective ST: 4 DR (damage rating): ST +1p (5 total) Range: +1 ATN per 10 yards Common in almost every culture. THROWN WEAPONS Short Bow 2-4 rounds preparation time: Pull arrow: 0 (on ground). bottles. 2 MP dice to reduce prep. 2 MP dice to reduce prep. 2 MP dice to reduce prep. Some are specially designed for throwing. 1 (in ground). cock back: 1 Refresh begins with cocking back to throw. flip blade-down and cock back: 2 Refresh begins with cocking back to throw. Generally about 4-5’ long. short bows range from 3-4 feet in unstrung length. small-but-heavy logs. time by one second at Reflex/TN of 7 Attack Target Number (ATN): 7 Effective ST: by thrower DR (damage rating): STb Range: +1 ATN per 3-5 yards. 2 (from quiver). Damage is figured using the bow’s ST. Javelin/Short Spear 1-2 rounds preparation time: Pull spear: 0 (already in hand). etc. Sling 3-6 rounds preparation time: Pull stone/ball: 0 (in hand). load and whirl: 3 Refresh begins with the first whirl. 2 MP dice to reduce prep. Thrown Objects 1-3 rounds preparation time: Grab object: 0 (nearby). 2 MP dice to reduce prep. etc.). and may add +1 damage and have a range increment of 4 yards. common weapon with peasants and the troublemakers. depending on object This category covers stones. prepare to throw: 1 Refresh begins with cocking back to throw. 2-3 (from bag/ pocket). knock and draw: 2 Refresh begins with drawing the arrow. slings throw small stones or lead balls with often staggering effects. time by one second at Reflex/TN of 8 Attack Target Number (ATN): 8 Effective ST: by user DR (damage rating): ST +1c Range: +1 ATN per 5 yards A small. javelins and small spears have impressive range in the hands of a strong man. 2 (from bag.Appendices 257 Thrown Weapons Dagger/Knife (Thrown) 1-3 rounds preparation time: Pull knife: 1 (from sheath). not the user’s. . time by one second at Reflex/TN of 7 Attack Target Number (ATN): 7 Effective ST: by thrower DR (damage rating): ST +1p Range: +1 ATN per 5 yards Less common than the bow in recent decades. time by one second at Reflex/TN of 7 Attack Target Number (ATN): 7 Effective ST: by thrower DR (damage rating): ST –1p Range: +1 ATN per 3 yards Many daggers may be thrown (though both rondels and poniards struggle a little in this area).