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Codex Martialis: Core Rules (2021 Edition)

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This is it, hard core, fast-paced, historical combat for OGL 3.5.  Make a character with a real martial skillset that makes a difference when you fight.  No more waiting for an opportunity to make one attack... move, defend, attack, and attack again all in the same round, without getting bogged down in charts or arithmetic, and without relying on miniatures.  Chose your weapons based on your personal fighting strategy, emphasize attack, defense, grappling from a distance, or armor-piercing.  Specialize in fighting close-in or far away, with missile weapons or melee.

Hit the ground running with new options that won't bog down your game.  If you want something that feels like a fight in your game, this is it.

This is the complete core rules for Codex Martialis, with new sections including horses and mounted combat, OGL Feats compatability charts, sample characters, sample animals, and new optional combat rules.

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Sean D July 28, 2021 1:48 am UTC
I'm hoping to get some clarification on two of the rules. On page 14 it says "Keep in mind that a shield always gains a 'Free Dice' in any Active Defense roll.", but on page 58 it says "Anyone with the shield proficiency can make an extra Active Defense die roll for their shield". Am I not understanding something, or is this a slight contradiction - either a shield "always" grants an extra die on AD, or you need the shield proficiency to get the extra die when using AD.

My other question is that on page 15 it says "A successful Critical Hit from a Bludgeon weapon requires the target to make a Fort Save, with the DC equal to the attackers die-roll." I first read this to mean the to-hit roll, but I want to be certain that this means the damage roll, since that's the only way I see it could work.

Excellent product, by the way. This is the single most useful thing I've found since returning to RPGs after 35 years. It fixes every single thing that bugged...See more
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