Dodge, Deflect, and first hits

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Dodge, Deflect, and first hits

Post by Misclicked » Mon Nov 10, 2014 6:38 pm

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I just had a few questions re: the dodge and deflect skills, as I'm not entirely sure how combat works in conjunction with them in the game.

For example:
You sidestep a large, aggressive wolf with sandy fur as she bites wildly at you!
It feels like I'm using the dodge skill here, but I read somewhere that it's deflect?

Actually, when do I use the dodge skill? I read that it applies when I'm fighting unarmed.
A large, aggressive wolf with sandy fur bites at you with her sharp teeth but broadly misses.
Again, dodge skill, deflect skill, or was their attack roll so low that no check was run on deflect?

Finally, I have noticed a trend that if a wild creature roams into my room and attacks me first, they often easily get their first hit in with considerable damage. Am I defending against their first attack with the dodge skill, rather than deflect, and then it switches to deflect as combat proceeds? It feels like that, but I have no idea if that's true.


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Re: Dodge, Deflect, and first hits

Post by Nimrod » Mon Nov 10, 2014 10:52 pm

It's pretty simple. If you're holding a defensive weapon (shield) you'll use deflect. If not, you'll use dodge.
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