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    From the "Might Fortress" AD&D2 historical refence book:

    Some additional rules apply to the use of gunpowder weapons:

    Armor Classes: The great advantage of firearms is their ability to

    punch through armor. At short range, all armor is ignored; the target`s

    AC depends entirely on his Dexterity and cover. At medium range, the

    target`s AC is penalized by 5. At long range, the target`s AC is

    penalized by 2.

    These penalties apply only to the portion of the character`s AC which

    comes from wearing armor. Dexterity bonuses are unaffected. The

    penalty cannot make a character`s AC worse than it would be if he was

    wearing no armor.

    Also note that many things that would stop an arrow will not stop a

    bullet, particularly at short range. Characters must get behind more

    substantial barricades to qualify for the cover bonus rather than


    Additional damage: No matter what sort of firearm is being used, any

    time a character rolls an 8, 10, or 12, he rolls the die again and adds

    the second roll to the first. If the second roll is again an 8, 10, or

    12, he rolls a third time, and so on. It is possible for a gun to cause

    trememndous damage.

    Missing Fire: For various reasons, these firearms would occasionally

    fail to fire altogether. If the attack roll is a 1, the weapon misses

    fire and does not fire at all. It cannot be fired again until 10 rounds

    are spent clearing the charge from the barrel, cleaning, and reloading

    the piece.

    Hanging Fire: Sometimes the powder in a gun`s breach smoulders

    momentarily before igniting. This is called "hanging fire." If the

    attack roll is a 2, the weapon hangs fire. On subsequent shots it will

    miss fire on a roll of 1 or 2 and hang fire on a roll of 3. Each time

    it hangs fire, the chance of missing fire increases by 1. This persists

    until the piece is cleaned.

    Fouling (optional rule): Every time a gunpowder weapon is fired, burned

    powder accumulates in the barrel, priming pan, and touch hole. For

    every three shots fired (rounded down), the chance of missing fire

    increases by one, just like hanging fire. This persists until the

    weapon is cleared.

    Point Blank Range: If a musket, arquebus, caliver, or pistol hits a

    target that is within 5 feet of the muzzle, the target suffers one

    additional point of damage from burns.

    --Lord Rahvin
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    Senior Member RaspK_FOG's Avatar
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    Who said complex rules are always bad?

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    Birthright Developer irdeggman's Avatar
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    Originally posted by RaspK_FOG@Feb 9 2004, 07:36 AM
    Who said complex rules are always bad?
    Only when they result in too much book keeping for the DM, then he 'gets' to change them.
    Duane Eggert

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