Tuesday, March 24, 2020

OSE Encounter Activities - Boar

Finally backtracking to complete the “Bs” here are a hundred Encounter Activities for Boars.

Something that’s always stuck with me about using these animals is a bit of commentary from Rolemaster’s Arms/Claw Law attempting to justify the large Hit Point totals for animals. There was a blurb about a single Boar utterly savaging a typically mixed adventuring party (by Rolemaster standards), and how proper Boar Hunting was performed by several individuals armed with very specific weapons (Boar Spears with backwardly barbed heads to prevent the animal from charging up the shaft toward the hunter). If you wish to give your Boars a boost, you may consider cribbing from the “Battle Rage” feature when wounded or threatened (such as the one found under Berserkers in the book).

They are thankfully not nearly as dangerous in OSE or B/X but considering the frequency with which they show up on the Encounter Tables, they might end up being a pretty prevalent presence in Wilderness adventures, so this might be a useful table to keep handy for general Hunting/Foraging, and I must remember to earmark it for an eventual entry on the Lycanthrope (Wereboar).

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