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Published by Samuel Penn.

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Glendale Website - My main web site.

Yags - Main site for yet another game system, a generic GPL'd tabletop RPG.

Yagsbook - Documentation on the Yagsbook RPG documentation format, a Sourceforge project.

Mapcraft - Documentation on world mapping tools, another Sourceforge project.

Midnight Saga - An Ars Magica campaign.

Active Topics

The current topics are currently under active development (relatively speaking).

Yags is Another Game System - Game design notes for Yags, a Free roleplaying game system I use as the core system for most of my campaigns.

Yagsbook - Notes on an XML based documentation system I use for documenting Yags and related campaigns.

Full Thrust - Notes on Full Thrust

Stargrunt - Notes on Stargrunt.


Streamlining Combat

These changes are now in the main rules.

Changing how initiative works, which has a knock-on effect on various other things. Possibly opens up some interesting possibilities as well. Other changes involve Fumbles in Combat.


Remove the initiative stat for all weapons. Initiative is no longer based on the weapon or action, but is a straight agility x 4 roll, once at the start of combat. It is no longer re-rolled each round. We still have the concept of fast, normal and slow actions.

Some combat results may reduce a character's initiative. A character can take a round out in order to re-roll. Initiative is not affected by wound, stun or fatigue penalties (it should be, especially the latter, however the point is to have a (mostly) unchanging initiative).


One of the advantages of weapons with a long reach was that they had a high initiative. Without an initiative statistic, they become less effective. So we're going to mess around with the rules on reach as well.

There will now be far fewer reach values. These will be:

Reach Examples
Close Fists, knives, daggers.
Short Short sword, mace, light club.
Medium Broad sword, battle axe, rapier, javelin.
Long Great sword, quarterstaff, war spear, bill.
Very long Long spear.

If you have a weapon with a longer reach, and someone attacks you, then you get a free strike against them, effectively enabling you to go first. This also gives an extra attack of course.

Use of shields may counter this - an attacker with a shorter reach gains a reach bonus of +1 if they are also using a shield and the weapon and shield style.

In a charge, the person with the longest reach weapon always goes first, regardless of initiative.

yags/initiative.txt · Last modified: 2015/02/04 22:40 (external edit)