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Are combat maneuvers attacks?
« on: March 26, 2018, 03:03:26 PM »
Getting ready to run Legend. As the GM, I want to know the system well before I subject my players to it. My players are powergamers, so I want to anticipate what they will throw my way. Discipline of the Serpent and Iron Magi sound like they pair really nicely (esp. with Earth Elemental), but only if a combat maneuver counts as an attack.

I come from Pathfinder, where they do count (sometimes). However, I found no language in the Legend rules to indicate either way.

Anyone know the answer?

TL;DR: Are combat maneuvers attacks, or are they a separate action type?

Thanks in advance!


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Re: Are combat maneuvers attacks?
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2018, 12:31:00 AM »
It is a very good fight. I hope to meet someone who fights well.


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Re: Are combat maneuvers attacks?
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2018, 10:52:40 AM »
What action is required for a combat maneuver differs from maneuver to maneuver.
  • The majority of maneuvers are standard actions, like bull rush, trip, and disarm.
  • The defensive fighting maneuver is a move action.
  • A few maneuvers, like power attack and deadly aim, are free actions.
Making an attack is separate concept from taking the attack action. If you can make 3 attacks during an attack action, you can't replace one with a disarm since both the attack action and disarm use a standard action.

Combat maneuvers are offensive actions for the purposes of ending the invisibility spell.

Many combat maneuvers include making a melee attack as part of the action. These maneuvers would benefit from any modifiers and effects attacks benefit from, such as extra reach, bonus damage, contributing to Chains, etc.
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