Tactical Combat Skills
BtM Combat Skills are built on a two tier system of Styles
and Tactics. The skills and training consist of expertise in a class of weapons (or
weaponless) style. Various tactical options become available within each of these weapon
Styles as the character advances with that Style. The use of tactics in combat is
optional, a straightforward use of the normal attack mode for a weapon is an always
available and simple approach for the beginning player. One tool that has proved valuable
for incorporating tactics into combat efficiently are BTM: Combat Cards.
This deck of 30 or so playing cards contains an easy to read and implement synopsis of all
tactics as well as additional cards for common modifiers and combat activities such as
weapon changes and spell castings.
The training and tactics of medieval weapons combat.
The training and tactics of hand-to-hand combat without (formal) weapons.
General combat skills that are neither weapon nor weapon style specific.
These tactics are an integral part of the Weapon Styles to
which they apply. The tactics are learned as part of training in a specific style. They
are detailed separately as the procedures for use are identical regardless of the weapon
The tactics used for inflicting damage on another with weapons not integral to the
attackers person. These are the most commonly used tactics involving mechanical weapons.
The tactics used for prevention of damage to oneself by interposition of one's own
weapons to deflect another's attack.
These tactics are an integral part of the Weaponless Styles
to which they apply. The tactics are learned as part of training in a specific style. They
are detailed separately as the procedures for use are identical regardless of style.
The tactics used for manipulating another in combat without the use of mechanical force