Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Disarming (Again!): in 1e/OSRIC

I spend an inordinate amount of my idle time thinking of ways to do various combat maneuvers in D&D. Since I'm about to start a 1e campaign (in the Forgotten Realms, by request, no less) I've once again, headed down that particular rabbit hole.

Here's my new Disarm maneuver for AD&D:
A Fighter attempting to disarm an opponent must state his/her intent before making their "to hit" roll.
If the defender is 3 or more levels higher than the attacker, then the attempt succeeds on a roll of a true 20.
If the defender is within 2 levels of the attacker, higher or lower, then the attempt succeeds on the roll of a true 19, or 20.
If the attacker is 3 or more levels higher than the defender, then success is indicated on a true 18-20.
If the attacker is 8 or more levels higher, then a true 17-20 succeeds.
In all cases, the target number must still be a "hit" vs. the defender's AC, save that a true 20 will always succeed.
Whether or not the attempt to disarm succeeds, no damage will be taken by the defender. 

There. I think that does everything I want it to do. I considered altering the target number if a Large Shield was employed by the defender, but then I would have to consider the number of opponents attacking, nearby defenders, etc.

Damn! I forgot about Monks! But, I'll think about that later. 


  1. Howdy James. Just popped in to say hello. How come no damage will be taken by the defender? I don't really understand all of this gaming language, but every now and then I have a question.

  2. Hi The Spooky Whisk! How's Tricks? And Treats?

    Well.. it's a bit of a judgement call/interpretation deal. Partly because the main effect of the attack will be disarming and it's a bit of a finesse thing. Partly because I didn't want players constantly spamming the maneuver. It'll fail most of the time and I wanted it to be the kind of thing that would only be attempted when there was a good reason to do so.

    Tell Tim hey and you guys take care. I'm trying to start the blogging thing again. Talk at ya later!

  3. I hope you do get back to blogging. You cooking these days? I started grilling meats for the first time this spring. First time I did chicken it went up in flames.

    Thanks for answering.

    1. No cooking, recently. I haven't been having any fun. :(

    2. No cooking? Oh my gosh. No bakes either? You are missing out on all the fun.

      Good to see you blogging again. Welcome back :-)