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Okay, so I fully believe in looting other games for stuff, and I’ve been wanting to adapt the mass Battle rules of Legend of the Five Rings for a while. L5R’s mass battle rules are not really about playing out the battle itself, but rather how the PCs fare during the conflict. This is a first draft/very naive conversion of the 1E Battle rules.
Things to note:
I’m not satisfied with the Battle roll. In L5R, it’s a Water + Battle roll, meaning a character skilled in small-scale action like a duelist can find themselves hopelessly lost when armies clash, but most OSR stuff doesn’t use individual skills. I generally want to keep warrior types ahead and caster types on the back, but I’m not sure mucking about with level numbers is worth it. Perhaps something involving their attack tables? That might quickly get too unwieldy, however.

Also, I’m not sure about the damage. A starting L5R character has something like 40+ hit points, which might sound like a whole lot until you remember all damage is done in d10s that may explode and in true ’90s fashion they’re divided into a series of wound levels with accompanying dice penalties, so death spirals are assured. But what matters here is that the large number of individual points means there’s more granularity for damage effects. In the original rules, damage came in the form of a number of wound dice that were added to or removed depending on stuff like armor and so on, and damge was further reduced by the total of the PC’s Reflexes + Defense skill, stuff that doesn’t have a real equivalent in OSR material Plus, L5R PCs have a much slower health increase scale since it depends on pumping up their Earth attribute, and it’s possible that a PC’s health total doesn’t change much during a complete campaign.
Thoughts?.

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