Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Hit points as fatigue

Over on A Paladin in Citadel, Aaron was musing on a possible fatigue rule that might be tied to hit points somehow. Having recently put down some of my own thoughts on hit points, I wanted to chime back in briefly.

I'm a believer that simpler is often better. Not always better, and not always more fun, but keeping things simple seems to work well most of the time.

With hit points, I feel that they already represent fatigue since it can be presumed that the character is doing their utmost to stay alive in combat no matter how pathetic they presume the enemy with the pointed stick might be. When those points are down it represents them being somewhat fatigued by the effort. Thus for me I don't worry about an additional fatigue mechanic.

Labyrinth Lord and other B/X versions already include an additional fatigue mechanic when a group has been exploring for an hour without rest.

If you were going to include a hit point related mechanic I would recommend the simple approach and give a -1 to everything at half hit points and below.

1 comment:

Matt said...

I agree that simplicity is best. The system we use has various levels of fatigue that increase if you continue to do the same strenuous activity. Normally it doesn't apply to combat, however "getting your wind knocked out" is a result on our critical hit table and can leave a character fatigued.