So with Blade&Lockpick meeting with pretty brisk sales (I hope because it's rad but the killer artwork by Luigi no doubt helped), I thought I'd delve into how the encounters work, in case you are wondering:
So let's say we have a party of 4 adventurers . One is a big burly barbarian who has the Strong ability and Fighting as a skill.
One is a knight who also has a Fighting skill.
The other two are a scholar and a thief, neither of which have any traits relevant to combat.
They run into a band of rowdy goblinoids, consisting of 3 orcs and 3 goblins (minions).
None of those have any particular skills.
So let's see how that plays out, purely from a mechanical perspective. I am not going to go into heavy narration for this example, just to keep it clear and without clutter.
The heroes get 4 dice (one per hero) rolling 1, 2, 3, 5.
Due to the Strong character they can re-roll the 1 and get a 4, for a final score of 2, 3, 4, 5.
Since they have a character with Fighting skill, add +1 to the highest die (just +1 even if they have two such characters) for a total of 6.
The orcs roll 4, 5 and 5 on their three dice. The goblin minions automatically roll 3's, so the orc dice pool is 3, 3, 3, 4, 5, 5 for a 5 as their highest die.
Result: One goblin is eliminated.
Heroes roll 1, 2, 3, 6.
Even before re-rolls, I know the orcs can't score a 7, so the heroes win this one and knock off another goblin.
Heroes roll 1, 2, 3, 4.
Re-rolling the 1 (for another 1) and adding skill, we get a 5 as our highest die.
The orc dice are 3, 4, 5 with a single goblin left adding another 3.
The highest dice are equal, so both teams must drop a character.
The last goblin bites it and I decide to roll randomly for what player character is knocked off. It ends up being the Barbarian. Oof.
The heroes now have 3 dice and no re-roll, but they still get the bonus for the Knights skill.
Dice are 3, 3, 4 so their total is 5.
Orcs roll 1, 4, 5, another draw.
An orc tumbles to the ground as does the scholar.
We're down to two characters facing two orcs.
At this point, we'd probably want to decide if the orcs run away or the heroes might decide to withdraw, but for this example, we'll proceed to the bitter end.
The heroes roll a 3 and a 4 (for a final score of 5) while the orcs roll a pair of 3's, resulting in another orc biting the dust.
Hero dice are 1 and 3 (final score 4).
A bit risky, but the last orc rolls....a 2 and is defeated.
This was a straight up "knock down, drag out" fight with no fancy stuff, no magic, no situational modifiers or anything else. Just two groups smashing into each other and hitting each other, until only one was standing.
What happened to the two characters that were removed? We might narrate that, we might roll on the Consequence table in the rules or we might use the in-game Oracle to figure it out.
For our purposes, we'll say the scholar actually just ran and hid, while the barbarian got dramatically roughed up but wasn't really seriously hurt.
Tomorrow, we'll look at a more complex example, as well as a non-combat one or two.