A The Dolorous Stroke egy nagyszerű társasjáték, 2 játékos részére. A társast, 12 éves kortól ajánljuk kipróbálni. A játékmenet erősen épít a szerepjátszás és a kockadobás mechanizmusokra.
And when Balyn saw the spear, he gat it in his hand, and turned him to King Pellam, and smote him passingly sore with that spear, that King Pellam fell down in a swoon; and...
And when Balyn saw the spear, he gat it in his hand, and turned him to King Pellam, and smote him passingly sore with that spear, that King Pellam fell down in a swoon; and therewith the castle rove and the walls brake, and fell to the earth, and Balyn fell down, so that he might not stir hand nor foot
The Dolorous Stroke - named after the fateful blow that sets in motion much of the Grail Quest - is a narrative wargame that deals with medieval romances, and the knights they depict.
Players take control of a knight errant and his retinue, and play through the various adventures that they experience on their quest.
The game is designed for teams of 1-5 characters on each side. It deliberately moves away from competitive play, and instead is focused on an ongoing campaign where the cast of characters encounter new challenges each game.
Character creation is completely open-ended and freeform, with each character tailored to match their miniature and concept.
Likewise, scenarios are intended to have objectives that can change as the characters meet, fight, negotiate and explore. Rather than list-building and point-scoring, the game is instead meant to encourage creativity and picaresque storytelling.
As well as using dice rolls to resolve actions, each character uses a deck of playing cards to track injuries suffered, blood loss, degradation of virtue and expenditure of willpower. Whilst using a simple framework, the mechanics have room to be customised so that a wide variety of characters can all play in different and interesting ways.
Gameplay tends towards fairly low lethality; killing enemy characters is difficult, but combat is useful as it allows you to injure (and so weaken) enemies, and lets you control the tempo of the game. This control of the tempo of the game so you can react to your opponent's moves or preempt their strategy is key to success; by the time blows are exchanged there's probably been a great deal of maneuvering and negotiation.
The book contains:
Basic rules for movement, shooting, fighting, magic, and other actions.
Special rules for duels, jousts, taking prisoners and so on.
Guidelines for character creation, including various character archetypes.
A medieval armoury to equip characters with, ranging from simple weapons and armour, legendary weapons, different mounts, and stranger equipment.
Various example special abilities for characters, such as fighting styles, the authority of noblewomen, and supernatural gifts. Likewise, a selection of example spells from schools such as enchantment, necromancy, vivimancy, shamanism, theurgy, infernalism and alchemy.
14 sample characters and 15 example monsters.
Guides to scenario design.
Various sidebars spotlighting different aspects of the setting, such as woodwoses, knightly orders, marquesses and hermits.
—description from the publisher