Declaring Actions

Abub's picture
November 22, 2013 - 12:54pm
Do yinz guys use the Declare Action phase of combat?  My players have resisted declaration phases in other game though I don't mind them. 

If you use them does the declaring character just lose his action when like his target is killed by somebody else?  The other game where my players complained about declared actions had the declare step before initiative so maybe SF will be better since it is after. 

Do you declare in lowest to highest initative?  So side B must say what they are doing before side A?

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Shadow Shack
November 22, 2013 - 5:03pm
If you use them does the declaring character just lose his action when like his target is killed by somebody else?

The action isn't lost per se, the shot still rings out and hits/misses according to the die roll. Realistically I determine all hits per target prior to rolling damage, afterwards if/when the combined damage exceeds the STA the target drops.

Try to remember everything is happening in a short time span, it's not "Player A shoots, target A remains...player B shoots at target A, target A player C shoots target B." You just don't have that luxury in the brief amount of time available. Instead, it's "Players A, B, & C shoot at target A, players D, E, & F shoot at target B" or "everyone shoots target A".
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November 22, 2013 - 6:00pm
Yeah, it's only 6 seconds per round.  I handle it like SS.  Declare action, make all attack rolls, roll damage.
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Malcadon's picture
November 22, 2013 - 6:18pm
I like the Declare Action Phase as it keeps everyone form stumbling over each other or calling for take backs. Everyone have a little powwow, and then say:

"Are we set?" *heads nod* "Yes, we're good to go!".

Abub's picture
November 22, 2013 - 6:21pm
So yes you do declare phases.

jedion357's picture
November 22, 2013 - 6:58pm
I've allowed a fudged D&D round at the table top.
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OnceFarOff's picture
November 23, 2013 - 3:29pm
^ Same here. I find it easier since that's the game I started with.

bossmoss's picture
November 28, 2013 - 7:45pm
I do have the players declare actions, but I'm pretty relaxed about it.