The. GURPS Martial Arts: Technical Grappling web page is technicalgrappling. Bibliographies. Many of our books have extensive bib-. Forum poster Icelander wanted to create a special martial arts style for actually being trained to arrest and detain folks. It’s based on how they. Even when GURPS Martial Arts: Technical Grappling was published, there were ways to simplify it, and some of those were included in.

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These are manageable if you know the system: Whether your campaign features athletes wrestling for prizes and honor, lawmen who must control and disarm suspects, or historical tevhnical trained to fight to the death, Martial Arts: There are a little nuances to it, though, which means it’s not quite so straightforward. My own campaign emphasizes these, as I have fantasy world that makes gladiators of races like centaurs and scorpion-men.

Monday, October 14, Taking Technical Grappling for a spin. The canny warrior knows that grappling is fundamental to fighting.

The book itself is 51 pages dense with crunch, organized in favor of reference rather than presentation. Good, solid, and very much like real grappling, but not dead simple. This is true of causing damage with a lock, and also true of using a grapple to force some kind of change in position.

I like the idea and the mechanic, but trying to remember how many APs each maneuver or action cost is too much trouble. Grappling can be much more involved, and a poor gambit can result in losing everything you worked for.

While you can sometimes just grab, toss, and submit, without cinematic abilities you really do need to take some time. However, Wrestling skill gives no direct bonus to the damage control point roll; instead it gives a bonus to the ST score used to derive thrust-based damage. Learn Jacket Wrestling or Shuai Jiao — and distinguish between between bear and lion attacks — with six classic styles plus four specifically for animals.


But it was a good way to try the rules out and stop and ask when I didn’t know why something worked the way it did.

It contributed to a first impression of massive complexity that is not present in actual play. Of the rest of the book, half consists of special cases of this basic concept. Art weekend before I started my current campaign, Technical Grappling came out.

Normally, you do the deriving in advance, one time, but with effective attribute scores fluctuating in a grappling situation, you may have to do it several times in a combat that represents only a few seconds of game time.

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Which is cool with me, because that means a grapple-and-bite threat can be even more serious in a game like DF. For hurting them, you spend control points to set bounds on damage. Martial Arts introduced the concept of an armed grapple with weapon skill, but with the requirement that you drop your shield to hold that weapon with both hands, it seemed like a losing proposition as well.

Grapples go both ways, and he can move you, too! Newer Post Older Post Home. Grab, roll to see how well you’ve grabbed and how much control you’ve achieved. Knife stood up, he’d have been yards away at stationary and my guy would have been gone. So it didn’t feel simple. Doug and I talked about how to automate the process, and about some ideas for winging it a simple one-calc penalty instead of a detailed calculated penalty. All times are GMT The big change here is that you can now perform an armed grapple with a weapon held in one hand.

GURPS Martial Arts: Technical Grappling

I now feel qualified to review it not only on the basis of how it reads, but how it plays. Achieve leverage by jockeying for not only posture, but also facing and orientation. A nice Judo Parry-Judo Throw without a hold worked, except the opponent wasn’t stunned so he didn’t drop his knife, and the lack of arm control meant that was a foolish thing to do and lead to a luckily-weak cut to the arm.


I really liked how much the results made sense fechnical moves I could really do really work, and the patient, control-first martial arts style I learn Kachin Bando makes even more sense in play since piling on CPs is nothing but good. So in the middle of the very first paragraph I stop reading and flip to the back — the table is mathematically intuitive so Mrtial can memorize the numbers easily, but the list of skills and techniques it applies to makes no immediate sense to me I can’t see an easy way to memorize them.

Any melee — from a brawl to a swordfight — could suddenly move into the clinch.

Fortunately, I persevered, and after the first pass, I had enough sense of the overall framework to read it again for understanding. Like I said, the book is not organized for presentation. I also like how it handles weapons, and I’m looking forward to trying that out with Doug next time. I’ve read those, and the ” introduction “, and I still can’t read through the supplement. A weak man might have to attack several times in order to accumulate an impressive control point total, but having done so, he can do nasty things to a stronger man by spending those points profligately.

If you can imagine a grappling situation, you can probably model it with these rules, step-by-step. Gladiators — Visit the world of the Roman gladiator, and bring his fighting styles, weapons, and way of life to your campaign. This is one of those areas where there is just a lot of work, even if what you get out of it is great stuff. Chapter 2 is all about armed grappling, and the most useful part of the whole book, in my humble opinion, is the flavor text introducing this chapter.

Technical Grappling Thanks for the detailed review!