The. GURPS Martial Arts: Technical Grappling web page is technicalgrappling. Bibliographies. Many of our books have extensive bib-. Forum poster Icelander wanted to create a special martial arts style for actually being trained to arrest and detain folks. It’s based on how they. Even when GURPS Martial Arts: Technical Grappling was published, there were ways to simplify it, and some of those were included in.

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There grps a little nuances to it, though, which means it’s not quite so straightforward. This is a hard subject to get a hold on, however; volumes have been written about leverage alone.

One of my players complained that for his Karate-using character, the rules in Technical Grappling seem to make wrestlers overpowered, that a wrestler could grab him and make him weaker, rinse and repeat to make him helpless. It contributed to a first impression of massive complexity that is not present in actual play. A weak man might have to attack several times in order to accumulate an impressive control point total, but having done so, he can do nasty things to a stronger man by spending those points profligately.

If you can imagine a grappling situation, you can probably model it with these rules, step-by-step.

Now that I’ve got a better handle on the rules after a run-through, I feel a lot more comfortable with the rules set and I’m even more pleased to have them handy. Technical Grappling makes a couple of things more clear: Transform grappling from an all-or-nothing affair to a matter of degree.

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In TG, the effect-roll based control means it’s going to really get a good hold on you and it’s hard for you to really inconvenience it. Martia by Peter V. High Risk Is High Risk – a quickie grab-and-throw with Judo is good, and still works very well in TG, but doesn’t give you much technnical. And still in the first page I keep hitting fine distinctions and exceptions to rules I barely understand. I like the idea and the mechanic, but trying to remember how many APs each maneuver or action cost is too much trouble.

This can be a big deal when fighting martia foe in heavy armor, the kind who thinks he can All-Out Attack with impunity. Grappling can be much more involved, and a poor gambit can result in losing everything you worked for.


Use an Escaping Parry to break a clinch, or Change Position to establish a weight advantage. The organization of chapters is 1 grappling general concepts, 2 important subcategory of grappling with weapons, and 3 actual grappling combat. I grapping like how it handles weapons, and I’m looking forward to trying that out with Doug next time. I found it intimidating at first, but after actually gaming a few scenes with it, I found it easy to assimilate, certainly no more difficult than the combat system in general, in part because it organically artw concepts already present in that system.

Martial Arts introduced the concept of an armed grapple with weapon skill, but with the requirement that you drop your shield to hold that weapon with both hands, it seemed like a losing proposition as well. Whether your campaign features athletes wrestling for prizes and honor, lawmen who must control and disarm suspects, or historical warriors trained to fight to the death, Martial Arts: The benefit of using a grapple to move a foe is alike in kind, to put him in a facing or posture in which his defenses are penalized, and hopefully to keep him there, so that the remainder of the combat is a one-sided affair in your favor.

GURPS Martial Arts: Technical Grappling

Knife stood up, graplping have been yards away at stationary and my guy would technival been gone. Narrow your focus with the One Foe option, exploit Committed Attack to force a posture change, pass a limb to trap your opponent, and more.

When you hit with a grappling attack, roll damage thrust-based. They’re a threat now, but I like how TG allows for a range of danger beyond simply “grappled and in danger” and “not grappled and fine.

For my test fighter, the smart move would have been to throw the guy down and then just run – by the time Mr. Your size modifier, relative weight, and relative ST can change how the rules apply to you. Tefhnical was in the playtest for the book, but at the time, I had a lot going on.

The weekend before I started my current campaign, Technical Grappling came out.

Way of the Warrior — Featuring two articles from the author of Technical Grappling: He’d have been better off achieving knife control and saving the throw for later, but my goal was to get entry and grappling rolls in, and establish how it would start, not “win. You can use it for other things, too, as the name that the author has chosen for this special type of damage makes clear: Likewise 4 levels of ST is a die of swing damage, and 8 levels of ST is a die of thrust damage, at least in the human range, and in the super-human range, 10 levels of ST is a die of damage either way.


That grappling gets you a situational advantage that you can exploit to hurt the other guy more, and more often, and that this is especially true in weapon combat. You do need to know your trained ST for multiple skills you can’t grab with Judo and roll with your Wrestling-modified ST, sadly. I think effect-based grappling is a good idea. You need to get to chapter 3 before you find out what chapters 1 and 2 are for.

But the first chapter especially could also have used a “roadmap” — an overview of how the material was going to be presented and how the mechanics were going to be introduced. The rules are robust enough to handle these cases plausibly.

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However, Wrestling skill gives no direct bonus to the damage control point roll; instead it gives a bonus to the ST score used to derive thrust-based damage. You need yechnical know or look up your single-limbed grappling ST score.

Guprs always increases complexity, but in this case, you get a lot of bang for the complexity buck, mainly because the control point roll parallels the general case of damage rolls. Basically, TG changes grappling from simple, binary effects grappled or not grappled, pinned or not pinned, break free or don’t break free, locked or not locked to an effect-based system.

In any case, nothing in Technical Grappling makes the karateka easier to grab in the first place, and the control point roll from a human foe is likely to impose -1 or -2 to ST and DX, favorable to the -4 DX under the original rules.

You grab, you get some Control Points CPsaccumulate enough to make it hard for the opponent to escape, then go for moves to finish the job.

As a consequence, you roll damage control points based on half your ST, but you get a bonus from using a weapon instead of bare hands, so it works out about the same for normal human ST ranges.