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Knockdown Talent

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Hi guys,

 

 I know it's too late, but as i had a chance to test drive EotE only recently, i'd give my two cents anyway.

 

The Knockdown Talent is the worst idea ever.

 

The beauty of the system is, IMO, the possibility of action packed & cinematic combat encounters, with a lot of stuff happening, assuring it's NEVER "roll to hit apply damage" dull.

 

The Knockdown Talent basically says: "if you don"t have this Talent, you CAN'T put an enemy on the ground". That sucks, as tripping(triping ?)  people is a nice, dramatic move which happens a lot in hand to hand fighting scenes. And on a technical pov, it's not a "I win" button.

 

A much better take, still IMO, would be to add the knockdown effect of the Advantage table (3 Adv cost, for instance), and allowing the character with the Knockdown Talent to use that effect for 2 Adv only (maybe renaming it something like "Knockdown specialist" ?).

 

Anyway, as i said, my two cents are probably too late, but it had to be said ;)

 

Perfidius

 

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Sounds good to me. I could see many players and GMs using advantage this way then later being embarrassed when they realize only a Talent allows it.

Was this already noticed and in Beta errata?

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I'd argue that the Utility Belt talent is the worst talent written for EotE Beta, since as it's written, that sucker is absolutely useless.

As for Knockdown itself, I do agree the abilitiy to trip someone up or put them on the ground prone would be nice, but it could also be overpowering, particularly if a successful hit isn't needed.  The Disarm option can and has run into that problem, with a PC or NPC having missed their target by a country mile still causing that target to drop their blaster.  And for a melee fighter, having a prone opponent in front of them makes it a very tempting option for PCs to render a tough foe Prone via Advantage, thus setting that foe up for the vibro-ax swinging Wookiee (or similar character type) to hew them into bloody bits of still-quivering sushi.  In fact, might make it too tempting, particularly if there's more than one melee-capable PC and it's going to be several PC slots before the bad guy gets a chance to act.

I think unarmed combat really was intended to be very generic, and that such things as "pushing your foe to the ground" or "engaging them in a painful hold" was meant to fall under the purview of "the target suffers Strain damage instead of Wounds."  Not very satisfying mind you, but there in the form of a blanket statement.

One of the biggest issues with the d20 versions of Star Wars was grappling.  OCR/RCR, ultimately being a D&D 3.X clone, suffered from the overly complicated grappling rules.  Saga Edition attempted to nerf this by making grappling the purview of characters that had takens specific feats, with additional feats making certain types of grapples a hell of a lot more effective (Pin + Crush + Bone Crusher + Rancor Crush = target taking damage and getting moved at least two steps down the condition track each round).

So at least for their Beta, the designers/developers opted to adhere to the KISS principle when it came to grappling and it's associated effects.  Maybe we'll seet unarmed combat and grappling get fleshed out, though my guess would be such a thing would be a supplement rather than in the core rules.

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The Knockdown talent was changed in the updates to require only 2 Advantage, essentially giving the Knockdown quality to ALL your weapons.

The weapons with inherent Knockdown capabilties (2 Adv) are the Bowcaster and Brawl checks, and there might be more, but I am away from my book.

Knocking a guy down is still possibly with sufficient Advantage rolled (or Threat on their part). So it's not like you CAN'T put a guy on the ground. It's just that this talent makes it MUCH, much easier.

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awayputurwpn said:

The weapons with inherent Knockdown capabilties (2 Adv) are the Bowcaster and Brawl checks

 

That sounds great and actually solves my issue ;)

You want this guy on the ground ? Brawl check !

 

Thanks for the intel,

 

Perfidius

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