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Eight new combat manoeuvres for the Battle Master fighter, inspired by cinema and anime Samurai. Slice your way through adventures with these deadly and elegant strokes.

 
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Josh M November 20, 2018 3:36 pm UTC
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Given that "Oriental" is a dated term to the point of raising eyebrows, and would be considered to mean something closer to "Asian," and given that neither term is the same as saying "Japanese," and Samurai are a product of one short time period in just one culture in a vast and diverse region, why didn't you call this something more like "Samurai Maneuvers"?

The actual maneuvers are a mixed bag; there's a few I'd consider, but more I wouldn't bother taking. And some of the mechanics are strange-- a forest of blade strikes that creates impassable terrain and so can stop a charging Tarrasque isn't exactly *wrong* so much as a very odd representation of what's being described. I'd have looked at something like Wall of Fire or Hunger of Hadar for a better design.
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Jonathon S November 20, 2018 6:22 pm UTC
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I was a bit iffy about using the term 'oriental' but I didn't want it to be restricted to just Samurai. It also covers kung fu masters, ancient Chinese heroes like zhang fei/guan yu, general anime heroes, etc. I will have another think about it.

The official manoeuvres are also a mixed bag with many I have never used. I just take them for flair. The blade wall originally had an area of effect damage dealing mechanic, but was just too overpowered compared to the rest of the manoeuvres. And I considered making it a test-based mechanic to halt movement, but I don't like bogging down players in dice rolls. So I just flat out made it impassable for a turn, figuring anything big enough to push the fighter aside (like a tarrasque) has a melee reach of 10ft or more, so could just reach over him anyway. But you've given me food for thought - if it doesn't feel right, it isn't.
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