31 August 2020

Regarding Special Moves in Swashbuckling RPGs

Not every move, maneuver, or attack made by a swashbuckler needs to be an extravagant stunt. Sometimes the smart thing to do is dispatch an enemy efficiently and move on. If a player character is compelled to make every combat action an elaborate orchestration, it becomes wearisome for the player and makes the fight as dull as a conventional battle in which combatants just stand there and take turns exchanging blows. There needs to be a balance of elements to keep it interesting.

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