

Heh, dusted a game of Melee off this morning and rolled a 4 on a "to hit" roll, meaning the attack does double damage. For some reason I find myself now asking the question, what exactly does that mean? Does a player have the option to roll double the number of dice to determine damage, or can they only double the amount rolled normally, as expressed in the sample combat situation at the end of the booklet?
It's been awhile since I owned Advanced Melee, so I've longsince forgotten how double and triple damage was resolved in it.

Russ Williams
Poland Wrocław Dolny Śląsk

My memory is that the damage is doubled, simply. Roll damage as usual, and double it.
If you rolled twice as many dice, you'd be changing the distribution and lowering the variance so that the result is typically much closer to the expected result and the extreme high and low results are much less likely.

Martin Gallo
United States O'Fallon Missouri

Yes, roll normal damage then double it.
I recall a house rule we implemented after a particularly amusing string of events. My opponent rolled 3 or 4 of these double damage rolls in a row and each time he rolled damage he rolled a '1'. We decided that rather than double the damage we would just assume a second 'maxed' roll added to the regular damage roll.
So, if you had a d6+1 weapon, the double damage would be: d6+1 + 6+1.
Looking back on that years later I realized that that was probably the wrong thing to do, but it worked for us at the time.

Kent Reuber
United States San Mateo California

You double or triple the actual number rolled as others have said.
As I recall, in the Fantasy Master's Codex, they explained that triple and double damage is actually the lowest/2nd lowest roll available. So, if your opponent is dodging (requiring you to roll 4 dice) a roll of 4 is triple (not double) damage and a roll of 5 is double damage.

Steven Bucey
United States Lancaster Ohio

Quote: My opponent rolled 3 or 4 of these double damage rolls in a row and each time he rolled damage he rolled a '1'.
(grin) The group I played with also thought such a thing was annoying, but on the other hand we also thought doubling (or tripling) when the damaged rolled was high was to much of a good thing. We decided:
1) a roll of '5' adds '+1' for each damage die normally rolled
2) a roll of '4' adds '+2' for each damage die normally rolled
3) a roll of '3' adds '+3' for each damage die normally rolled
So, for example, if you normally do 2d+1 damage and you roll a '4', you actually roll 2d+5 for damage; if you roll a '3', you actually roll 2d+7 for damage

Martin Gallo
United States O'Fallon Missouri

cratex wrote: Quote: My opponent rolled 3 or 4 of these double damage rolls in a row and each time he rolled damage he rolled a '1'. (grin) The group I played with also thought such a thing was annoying, but on the other hand we also thought doubling (or tripling) when the damaged rolled was high was to much of a good thing. We decided: 1) a roll of '5' adds '+1' for each damage die normally rolled 2) a roll of '4' adds '+2' for each damage die normally rolled 3) a roll of '3' adds '+3' for each damage die normally rolled So, for example, if you normally do 2d+1 damage and you roll a '4', you actually roll 2d+5 for damage; if you roll a '3', you actually roll 2d+7 for damage That would make a bit more sense than what we did.

John Holder
United States Centennial Colorado

cratex wrote: (grin) The group I played with also thought such a thing was annoying, but on the other hand we also thought doubling (or tripling) when the damaged rolled was high was to much of a good thing. We decided:
1) a roll of '5' adds '+1' for each damage die normally rolled
2) a roll of '4' adds '+2' for each damage die normally rolled
3) a roll of '3' adds '+3' for each damage die normally rolled
So, for example, if you normally do 2d+1 damage and you roll a '4', you actually roll 2d+5 for damage; if you roll a '3', you actually roll 2d+7 for damage
Nice, I like it! May have to give your variant a play sometime.

joel siragher
United States silver spring Maryland

martimer wrote: Yes, roll normal damage then double it.
I recall a house rule we implemented after a particularly amusing string of events. My opponent rolled 3 or 4 of these double damage rolls in a row and each time he rolled damage he rolled a '1'. We decided that rather than double the damage we would just assume a second 'maxed' roll added to the regular damage roll.
So, if you had a d6+1 weapon, the double damage would be: d6+1 + 6+1.
Looking back on that years later I realized that that was probably the wrong thing to do, but it worked for us at the time.
There are two schools of thought for doubling. This issue even comes up with my D&D group.
doubling a 1d+1 weapon could be done as: 1) roll 1d6+1 = 5 for example, and double that = 10
or
2) roll 1d+1 and then another 1d+1.


