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PostSubject: Amputated arm   Sat 13 Apr 2013 - 10:20

I have recently met a situation that I never had before in years of playing. A hero of a player I'm playing a campaign with got an amputated arm in the injury chart (result 23 and then 1). It states that from now on he can only use a single one-handed weapon. This is very incomplete because it does not state anything about non hand to hand weapons and strangely I didn't find many satisfactory discussions about this issue. While pistols can be reasonably permitted (you can use two at a time after all), and bow reasonably forbidden, the problem is a little bit more itchy for crossbows.
Either by following the "realism criterion", the "playability criterion" and the "have fun criterion" we decided that he cannot use bows nor rifles of any sort, but can still use crossbows, pistols, slings, throwing knives and most of other shooting weapons described in the expansions. However I think that problem deserves a deeper discussion.
There is also the possibility to have house rules that establish some penalties in using xbow with one arm, but since this effect meant to be very simple (no malus for climbing or whatsoever) we wanted to keep it simple.
What would you do in my place?
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PostSubject: Re: Amputated arm   Sat 13 Apr 2013 - 11:21

Having fired a crossbow once and knowing a thing or two about flintlocks, I know for certain that it is impossible to load either one of them with one hand.
My suggestion would be:
- Any weapon that requires two hands to fire (bow) cannot be used by the hero
- Any weapon that requires one hand to fire but two to reload (crossbow, pistol, crossbow pistol) can only by fired once per game, representing his comrades loading the weapon for him.
- Any weapon that requires only one hand to load and fire (sling, throwing knife) may be used without penalty
Hope this helps!
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PostSubject: Re: Amputated arm   Sat 13 Apr 2013 - 11:32

We lump the crossbow in with the bow and handguns, rifles, etc. The only mideveal crossbow I have used was definately a two-handed affair, both to load and fire.

We have this happen a lot, but our lads are prone to injury. pirat
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PostSubject: Re: Amputated arm   Sun 14 Apr 2013 - 2:35

I see your points, thank you Wink.
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