Like I said, confusing and convuluted.
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Posted 17 August 2014 - 06:30 PM
Here's one - how do you handle fear in the case of enemies being afraid of your Astartes?
I guess, what is an Astartes fear rating? I know that hordes don't test against fear until they get whittled down a bit.
Also, I know this is all in the rulebook but you guys are just so much better.
Posted 18 August 2014 - 12:53 AM
Astartes do not naturally cause fear.
Astartes ignore the normal rules for fear on page 278 and never suffers any of the "Shock" effects on table 9-7. Space Marines instead use the "And They Shall Know No Fear" rule on page 277 ANY time they confront fear causing enemies.
If an Astartes causes fear, or is in a situation in which he counts as causing fear (such as a cowardly enemy or GM discretion) the affected character follows the normal rules on page 278.
The common sense rule (and GM discretion) is important for determining when a character is affected by fear. Seeing a Fear(3) enemy 5 miles away that doesn't notice or is not in any way interested in the viewer may cause a fear check, but should have something like +60 to the test. Trampling down the road a half-mile away obviously towards the viewer would apply a normal fear check. Otherwise the fear causer must be close enough to reasonably be seen and intimidate the victim.
There is an armor history which causes fear, but ONLY effects characters engaged in melee combat with him. Standing 5 meters away and blasting bolter rounds into the victim = no fear. Running up and engaging him = fear.
Fear causing enemies are not immune to fear due to their frightfulness. They need other talents such as Fearless to be immune to fear, though they are not afraid of themselves, others like them, or allies (I imagine allies are reassured when their side is scary).
Posted 18 August 2014 - 05:10 PM
That's right. There was a lull in my game and it has been so long that when I wasn't rolling fear for the enemies as a muscle reflex, I figured that I may have been doing something wrong.
I have been GMing/Playing a lot of Dark Heresy, so fear is our biggest enemy (tool if you're the GM) in that game. Coming back to Deathwatch just required a jolt to my system.