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Ambidextrous, two-fisted and multiple limbs

 
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Wibbs
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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 1:37 pm    Post subject: Ambidextrous, two-fisted and multiple limbs Reply with quote

This is copied from a question by someone on another forum...

In an effort to cheese out a high-powered game, we've allowed the race builder from SW Deluxe. One of the characters is a 4-armed gunslinger. We're trying to figure out the penalties to shooting 4 guns in a round.

How does ambidextrous affect attacking with more than 2 arms? Does it eliminate the off-hand penalty for all the arms, just one, or something different? Does Two Fisted eliminate the multi-action penalty for all the attacks?

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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 2:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Ambidextrous, two-fisted and multiple limbs Reply with quote

Wibbs wrote:
In an effort to cheese out a high-powered game, we've allowed the race builder from SW Deluxe. One of the characters is a 4-armed gunslinger. We're trying to figure out the penalties to shooting 4 guns in a round.

How does ambidextrous affect attacking with more than 2 arms? Does it eliminate the off-hand penalty for all the arms, just one, or something different?


It's very much going to depend on the setting, but in general, Ambidextrous reduces the penalty for "the off-hand" singular, not multiple.

But ultimately if the setting has a race with multiple limbs, then it needs to adapt for how they work. Saurians for instance have a tail they can use as a natural weapon, but can't be used for any other sort of action, so off-hand doesn't apply to it.

If the goal here is just to "cheese out" a game, then maybe the GM will allow Ambidextrous to remove the penalty with all the limbs.

Wibbs wrote:
Does Two Fisted eliminate the multi-action penalty for all the attacks?


It doesn't have to. The Multiple Limbs racial ability from SW Deluxe specifically states the extra action "incurs no multi-action penalty."

So, the character only needs Two Fisted to remove the penalty for using the two "original" arms simultaneously.

Hope that helps.
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