[quote="loz"]I'm in the middle of playtesting the Saxons campaign and, in two adventures, I've been nastily impaled twice through the leg. Not for nothing am I known as Pierce the Unlucky!
I think that there's a perception that Mythras and RQ characters are inherently weak, or combat overly deadly, based on Hit Points and comparing those with weapon damage. Player creates his character, finds he has 5 HP in the head, sees a sword does 1d8, and immediately equates this with a very short lifespan. The reality of the combat mechanics are very different though, with many, many different ways of mitigating damage, surviving against better skilled or armed opponents, and even weathering maiming blows. As always, it's worth playing through combat as written first before reaching any conclusions about character fragility. Yes, Mythras combat can be bloody brutal; but the game offers a wide range of tools that, when used properly, ensure epic, intense, fun and rewarding combats.
Maybe we're doing it wrong, but we did lose a lot of characters in the first round of the game we played a couple of years back. One character lost a leg, two died in one fight. The only guy who didn't regularly almost die was in articulated plate, and that guy was unstoppable. After that I had to flush it from use by making it such a pain in the *** to acquire/use/maintain. I had a hard time keeping everyone on board with making new characters for the system. Someone complained that they had, "already filed my taxes this year," meaning that they didn't want to add up all the points for skills. Some of this is the effect of computer games where all of the mechanics are handled by the machine but all the freedom is gone as well.
Despite all of that I believe your system is the best Tabletop RPG ever made. I haven't played in a while so I'm a bit rusty, but for the upcoming game I was thinking about using the Passion/Luck system as I described in the OP as well as briefing the players on what to expect. I'm going to start a new thread on surviving in Mythras so I can pose my new questions.
Dithering will only serve to waste your Action Points...