OOC: Rules or Game questions.   Posted by The Hangin' Judge.Group: 0
The Hangin' Judge
 GM, 6 posts
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Fri 24 Mar 2017
at 23:59
OOC: Rules or Game questions
Chances are, someone else will have the same question. If there isn't a compelling reason to ask privately, ask here and everyone benefits.
Johnny Holcombe
 player, 2 posts
 Ranch Hand
Sat 25 Mar 2017
at 00:19
OOC: Rules or Game questions
In reply to The Hangin' Judge (msg # 1):

Judge:

I see that per the Character Creation thread, the Strength Ability controls both how strong the PC is, and how much damage he (or she) can absorb.

I am thinking that this means that in D&D terms (the rules-set that is most familiar to me), this means that for our game, the Strength Ability applies to both actual Strength, and Constitution/Hit Points.

Is that correct? Thanks!

PS. How are Hit Points (or their equivalent) calculated under the Boot Hill rules?

This message was last edited by the player at 00:22, Sat 25 Mar 2017.

The Hangin' Judge
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Sat 25 Mar 2017
at 00:29
OOC: Rules or Game questions
You're close. Strength doubles as your hit points, but losing strength will not kill you. If you hit 0 strength, you are unconscious. If you hit -5 strength, you are still just unconscious. If by some bizarre turn of the dice, you hit -5,435,324 Strength, you are still just unconscious.

However, make no mistake, combat is deadly. It works on a wound location/severity table, which I will post before any blood is shed. Short version is 1 out of 3 bullets to the head, back or chest will kill you dead. 1 out of 6 bullets to anywhere else except the arms and legs will also kill you dead. All of that is completely regardless of your strength score.

Wounds subtract from your strength score and also affect you in other ways, depending on where you're hit and how hard. All wounds use a d6 for severity. A few weapons get a +1 or a -1, but the vast majority are straight d6. Wounds of 0 points are considered 'a scratch' wounds of 1-2 points are considered 'light'; wounds of 3-5 are considered 'serious' and a 6 is a fatal shot.

So, while having more 'hit points' is beneficial in that it will allow you to absorb more wounds without passing out, it isn't quite as beneficial as it is in most RPGs.
Johnny Holcombe
 player, 3 posts
 Ranch Hand
Sat 25 Mar 2017
at 00:52
OOC: Rules or Game questions
In reply to The Hangin' Judge (msg # 3):

Thanks, Judge.

So, under Boot Hill Rules, no matter how tough your PC might be (or think he is), a single shot might kill him. Yikes.

Next question: For flavor-text purposes, what time of year is it, in-game, and what is the weather like?
The Hangin' Judge
 GM, 10 posts
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Sat 25 Mar 2017
at 01:24
OOC: Rules or Game questions
In reply to Johnny Holcombe (msg # 4):

Mid-July, 1867.
The Hangin' Judge
 GM, 11 posts
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Sat 25 Mar 2017
at 01:26
Re: OOC: Rules or Game questions
Johnny Holcombe:
In reply to The Hangin' Judge (msg # 3):

So, under Boot Hill Rules, no matter how tough your PC might be (or think he is), a single shot might kill him. Yikes.


That, sir, is correct. Characters that desire to see long life are judicious about when, how and with whom to slap leather.
Will Clayton
 player, 1 post
 Ranch hand
Sat 25 Mar 2017
at 01:52
Re: OOC: Rules or Game questions
Howdy all!  Glad to see you at the Triple J.

Johnny, I think the gatlin' gun in your pants really means you have a Stature of 10  :)
Johnny Holcombe
 player, 9 posts
 Ranch Hand
Sat 25 Mar 2017
at 13:05
Re: OOC: Rules or Game questions
Will Clayton:
Howdy all!  Glad to see you at the Triple J.

Johnny, I think the gatlin' gun in your pants really means you have a Stature of 10  :)


:D
Johnny Holcombe
 player, 10 posts
 Ranch Hand
Sat 25 Mar 2017
at 13:06
Re: OOC: Rules or Game questions
the Hangin' Judge:
. . .

Next, choose skills (there are no 'classes,' per se.). Total your attirbute scores. If the total is <41, you get 10 skills. If it is >62, you get 6 skills (this is a balancing mechanism, nothing more nor less). Otherwise, you get 8 skills.

. . .


Judge, am I correct in thinking that we use the "Luck" and "Stature" numbers that are derived after dividing by 2 in computing the "Skill" totals referenced above?

Thanks.
Kishanositee 'Kiss' Hughes
 player, 2 posts
Sun 26 Mar 2017
at 17:04
Re: OOC: Rules or Game questions
Hiya all, me again. Jumped over here for game questions. Got busy this weekend and a lil late on getting my guy up and running but I plan on hitting it hard today and I'll prolly be posting some here for help. I've glanced through the Boot Hill game before but never played it so I'm a newb. I guess the first question I have is, do we have a preferred character sheet to use or just whatever I can find.
Johnny Holcombe
 player, 12 posts
 Ranch Hand
Sun 26 Mar 2017
at 17:15
Re: OOC: Rules or Game questions
In reply to Kishanositee 'Kiss' Hughes (msg # 10):

No worries from my perspective, K. I'm new to the Boot Hill rules myself, and my PC is also not finished.

I previously asked the GM (via PM, before this thread was up and running) about a Character Sheet, and he said that he intended to make one available.

Looks like he takes a break from RPoL on the weekends, though, so he hasn't quite gotten around to it yet. I expect to see it pretty early next week.
The Hangin' Judge
 GM, 13 posts
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Mon 27 Mar 2017
at 18:37
Re: OOC: Rules or Game questions
CHARACTER SHEETS: I will make one available, but feel free whatever form you want (i.e. use mine or come up with your own) as long as the basic info is relatively easy to find.
Johnny Holcombe
 player, 13 posts
 Ranch Hand
Mon 27 Mar 2017
at 22:28
Re: OOC: Rules or Game questions
Judge,

Once we have worked out our PC's Abilities, how does that affect the in-game die rolls?

For example, using the D&D rules, a score of 18 will usually give a PC (or NPC) a bonus of +4, a 16 or 17 will give a +3 bonus, while a score of 8 or 9 is below average, and will impose a -1 penalty to rolls.

How does this work using the Boot Hill rules?

Thanks. :)

This message was last edited by the player at 03:26, Tue 28 Mar 2017.

The Hangin' Judge
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Tue 28 Mar 2017
at 02:49
Re: OOC: Rules or Game questions

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Judge, am I correct in thinking that we use the "Luck" and "Stature" numbers that are derived after dividing by 2 in computing the "Skill" totals referenced above?

Thanks.
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Yes. Use the final, modified (and divided, in the case of luck and stature) scores for all 5 attributes.