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« on: April 26, 2012, 07:15:11 PM »

What are the big benefits of mounted combat? The main things I've noticed so far:

1. the obvious fact that you use the movement speed/methods of the mount which will nine times out of ten be an improvement over a PC
2. you gain their DR and resistances of the mount if it's better than the rider's but I assume for many PC's this won't change much
3. The rider decides if he or his mount takes damage- haven't crunched the numbers but I imagine this could be a significant hp sink for a player.
4. you gain the benefits of the mount's larger size, ie massive weapons you wield will knock over medium size creatures.

Is there anything I'm missing? It's not that I don't find the cumulative effects of all of these significant, it's just that our group is fresh from 3.5 and pathfinder and are used to massive damage output from mounted characters. Not that I mind the change, still I want to make sure I'm not missing anything...
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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2012, 08:21:31 PM »

Your mounts can attack, I think a War Horse deals 2d8+2.
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« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2012, 09:47:47 PM »

My mounted characters explanation post is here:
http://www.crafty-games.com/forum/index.php?topic=5602.msg101018#msg101018

And that post references this thread: http://www.crafty-games.com/forum/index.php?topic=4074.0

Also, I point out the benefits of a high ride skill for a Lancer, (Despite his Born in the Saddle ability) here:
http://www.crafty-games.com/forum/index.php?topic=4542.0
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« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2012, 12:45:30 AM »

Sweet! Thank you! I have a player that was asking me questions regarding this and I could only tell him what I'd puzzled out so far.
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« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2012, 01:27:02 PM »

You're welcome!
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« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2012, 12:42:25 PM »

Is there any way to knock or pull someone off a horse?
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« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2012, 01:23:06 PM »

I'd let somebody with a reach weapon do it with a trip attack.
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« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2012, 01:24:22 PM »

I don't recall any in the RAW, but I'll admit to being too lazy to run the required searches. At my table this would be a Grapple trick, or achievable using Trip, or imposed via critical hit / critical failure.

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« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2012, 03:18:50 PM »

I've always used Trip for it.
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« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2012, 03:39:49 PM »

Reread the mounted combat rules. It's the second to last paragraph in that section.
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« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2012, 04:40:57 PM »

Ok so RAW you can't hit someone with a lance and knock them off their horse but you can effectively trip up the horse and knock both down. I suppose that works. Thanks for the input!
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« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2012, 05:13:01 PM »

Ok so RAW you can't hit someone with a lance and knock them off their horse but you can effectively trip up the horse and knock both down. I suppose that works. Thanks for the input!

Horse of a different color. Look at the Overpowering Strike trick, a lance, and the Charging chain for all your jousting needs.
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