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  1. Thread: Battle Elves

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    If you go back and review the elf threads Gary...

    If you go back and review the elf threads Gary has started, in addition to this one, I think you find those ideas throughout. Its nice when the designers catch up with the players.
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    This is simply not true. The Greeks and Romans,...

    This is simply not true. The Greeks and Romans, who won a lot of battles, were almost never the more mobile force. They were the heavier force.

    Battles are won by the forces that do the most...
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    No one is arguing that. Indeed, there is a...

    No one is arguing that. Indeed, there is a general agreement that elves have additional class levels, that their racial abilities are substantial (I'm surprised that no one has mentioned low light...
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    I think ConjurerDragon answered this. Magical...

    I think ConjurerDragon answered this. Magical communications are just as easy for humans. But there is another important issue here. The modern mind tends to use communications in a modern way,...
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    Rugor, you keep adding disabilities to the humans...

    Rugor, you keep adding disabilities to the humans that should not be assumed. If you want the elves to win by definition, just say so. Then we'll know that elves should beat humans regardless of...
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    This is just silly.

    This is just silly.
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    I don't think elves have superior intelligence....

    I don't think elves have superior intelligence. Actually I think humans have as good or better intelligence. Humans have vast guild networks and I think they spend more time with divinations that...
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    What time are you refering to? Close order...

    What time are you refering to? Close order fighting did not exist between the Legion and the Tercio. Medieval armies were armed mobs. Further, this does not make them easier to harder to target with...
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    Actually, this is a recipe for total elf defeat....

    Actually, this is a recipe for total elf defeat. Guerrilla war is a weak form of war that pits large number of inferior forces against small numbers of superior forces. If the elves are spread out,...
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    Re: lacking a an assault in mass and use of...

    Re: lacking a an assault in mass and use of magic:
    I think anyone who attacks with only a part of their power is asking to be defeated. Check out Machiavelli's chapter on defending mountain passes....
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    We have a game to explain how these things work....

    We have a game to explain how these things work. In a movie explanations of how things work are ignored unless they advance the plot. I would imagine that scrying is the best way to watch out for and...
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    Warding is reasonable for very small realms, like...

    Warding is reasonable for very small realms, like Endier or Ilien, but impractical otherwise. The cost is huge (5 RP and 2GB) the number of provinces covered is small, and the ward can be penetrated...
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    I frankly don't understand the confusion of the...

    I frankly don't understand the confusion of the relationship between age and experience. It seems straightforward, obvious, and simple to me. I can understand people who don't want to bother with...
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    Age is one of the weaker traits for level. The...

    Age is one of the weaker traits for level. The NPC's location would be much more likely to tell me something about his level than his age would.


    No


    For non-elves, the issue is mostly about...
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    This is all we've been saying, so you've revealed...

    This is all we've been saying, so you've revealed that you really agree with us.


    Ditto


    Its this funny thing called intersubjectivity.


    Only if you ignore all those other words...
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    The mention of demographics is valid. Given a...

    The mention of demographics is valid. Given a population of a certain size, and given assumptions about what characters do and what challenges we can presume they have faced, what is a normal...
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    No one said “simply on getting older.” Gary...

    No one said “simply on getting older.” Gary offered the argument well I think.

    A five year period is a long time not to accumulate 1000, 2000, or even 4000 experience points if small awards are...
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    I looked up the CR calculations and 50 4th level...

    I looked up the CR calculations and 50 4th level characters is still pretty close to 400 1st level characters. Whether you try and CR such large numbers, 400 1st level warriors is around a CR 16+,...
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    I agree, at which point the setting suddenly...

    I agree, at which point the setting suddenly doesn't make any sense. If this is the right way to structure the problem, Cerilia is all Sidhe with a few dwarves in some mountains and humans are slaves...
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    How exactly do we get an old man who never got...

    How exactly do we get an old man who never got better at anything? Not his craft, he should have gotten better as expert or commoner. He learned nothing about local history, his profession, or...
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    I think Magic Jar is a form of possession. Bad...

    I think Magic Jar is a form of possession. Bad mana there.
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    Not if you go by the warcards. Anuireans have...

    Not if you go by the warcards. Anuireans have some of the worst ranged attacks of any nation. The Rjurik and elves have the best ranged attacks. Plus the Anuirean warcards show shortbows. I think the...
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    Sorry, if it doesn't make sense, I might as well...

    Sorry, if it doesn't make sense, I might as well play minesweeper.
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    There is going to be some difference based on...

    There is going to be some difference based on what various campaigns look like. I think the way one might proceed is to imagine various typical units or groups and then ask, "what can they do?"
    ...
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    The light style of war often is more raiding than...

    The light style of war often is more raiding than anything else. Light forces (light cavalry, archers) don't want to engage main forces. They want to disrupt the population to lower incomes or induce...
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