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Martial Arms Training Manual

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Slam, Sunder, Batter and Cleave your foes with this combat enhancement that introduces techniques, a new way to wield weapons and utilize fighting styles.


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Each weapon and fighting style now has an active component, making them more than a static bonus or hit die, and giving more options and tactical opportunities for you and your allies. The weapon techniques make each weapon useful in different circumstances, and changing your weapon may be the most important thing you do on your turn.

With 3 new Fighting Styles, updated UA fighting styles, new shields, exotic weapons, and a technique for every weapon in 5e, this supplement is designed to provide martial classes the ability to make deeper decisions than damaging an enemy in combat. 

This supplement will slightly increase the power level and greatly increase the versatility of martial classes. A DM should treat this supplement as playtest material and alter techniques, fighting styles, and new weapons as needed.

If you like this supplement, please leave a review or comment. Likewise, if you see anything out of place, post in the discussion or send me a message and I'll get it fixed ASAP. 

Thanks for reading.

V1.0 - Small balance tweaks to several weapon techniques such as Daze and Stagger. Clarity edits in certain text. A couple typos in the shield and weapon sections have been fixed.

V2.0 - Large revisions and tweaks to many weapon techniques, like the battleaxe, greataxe, and crossbows. Added UA fighting styles. Added new weapons. Added variant rules for using multiple techniques on a single weapon.

v2.1 - v2.3 are just text fixes for broken and missing material.

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Niklas L December 03, 2018 1:42 pm UTC
Hiya, I got this a little while ago, and I'm just curious about how the cover from the shields should be handled? Just the front 90 degrees?
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Marvin J December 03, 2018 6:52 pm UTC
Not the author, but I would not limit the cover to any angle. There are no RAW on facing, and I believe it makes sense to be able to turn the shield around when needed - instead of standing still for 6 seconds.

However I homeruled that the bonus action to raise or lower must be taken at the beginning of one's turn.
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Brian I December 05, 2018 12:09 am UTC
If you are not using facing rules, Marvin is right, the shield-bearer is assumed to be able to swing the shield around and protect all sides of themselves.

If you are using the optional facing rules on p. 252 of the DMG (and it sounds like you are) then you can treat the cover as only covering the front arc and the side that the shield is mounted on.

If you're meaning the cover granted behind the tower and wall shields by the protection fighting style, as long as the shield-bearer is between the attacker and the target, and the target is within 5 feet of the shield-bearer, the cover applies. If you're using facing rules, it only applies to a creature behind the shield-bearer in the direction of the two protected arcs.

I hope that clears it up!
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Eric S November 05, 2018 6:34 am UTC
Great book! wish it more printer friendly.
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Kurt T May 22, 2018 2:00 am UTC
Really interesting. All my players are enjoying the flavour of their weapons a lot more, and fighting styles are more meaningful. Well done!
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Da W February 26, 2018 2:10 am UTC
I like this book, nicely formatted and looks like good quality. But, there is some editing needed. See the end of the Garrote entry. Also, the Tower Shield text at the end contradicts the table at the beginning of that entry.
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Brian I February 26, 2018 5:51 am UTC
The Garrote text must have slipped in from an earlier version. Thanks for catching that. It will be altered in the next revision.

As to the tower shield, which numbers are in contradiction? The barrier is intended to be 1/2 cover rather than 3/4, if that is what you are referring to.
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Brian I February 28, 2018 1:40 am UTC
I found the text you were referring to and it will be altered in the next revision. Probably within a couple days.
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