The Cavalier & Mounted Combat

How do we solve the problem? In the fantasy rpg genre, mounted combat is often a tertiary feature at best and characters who focus on that feature suffer as a result. Is there a compromise? A way to make mounted characters work without compromising their core identity? How would you handle it? I'm interested in any ideas.

  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Play GURPS and run down peasants with your charger and sword

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Pick something other than "mount" that they're themed on and give them powers related to that as well.
    PF1e's cavalier has bonuses for being mounted and works best on his mount.
    He can also share certain abilities with his whole team, boost his allies' saves and such just by having a flag, and call out an enemy to fight specifically him - none of this requires a mount.
    He's a knight and a leader, not just a guy with a horse.
    Just like in real life, your whole personality shouldn't be an animal.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      You're missing my point, I want to know if a class can work with mounted combat as the core of their identity

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        No, I'm not.
        Cavalier's core thing is still guy on a horse, it works best from the horse, and it works because its whole is not JUST guy on a horse - it's also a type of guy you usually expect to see on a horse but doesn't shit himself and die in combat if he can't bring his horse somewhere.
        TL;DR: Your mount can be the core and key to several abilities, but not the whole - at least some abilities, somewhere around half, should not require the mount, but could be enhanced by it if you like.

        Now, if you intend to ask "can a class work if they literally don't have anything else going for them at all than mounted combat in a system which is not primarily focused on such?" then, realistically, no.
        You can make such a thing mechanically functional on paper but it's going to fall apart in a campaign that doesn't involve conveniently horse-and-rider-accommodating everything and also the guy would have to sleep on his horse in case of a nighttime attack.

        Or you could just play a smaller race and ride your wolf or pony or whatever all over the place in defiance of common sense because "it works according to the size chart" I guess.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        The class can work.
        It's usefulness is inversely proportional to the number of locations where the mount can't be brought to and ridden.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Short answer: No
        Long Answer: Not really since the knight on a horse is still a knight. Mounted Combat is tertiary since the skill is by itself is not directly required in being a knight. This is all of course in an assumed DND sense so maybe if you go to like earlier wargamming then maybe it can be an area of its own but i dont know shit about old wargames so take it with a grain.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Again, you're missing my point. What I'm asking is if a class that's focused on mounted combat can be good without losing its mounted combat focus. I'll admit I could have worded that better in the first place.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Different guy. I was the one you originally said was missing the point, and I made the long post in response basically saying "Yes, but it still needs other abilities."

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            The class can work.
            It's usefulness is inversely proportional to the number of locations where the mount can't be brought to and ridden.

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I had a friend whose gnome character rode a dire badger into combat. The DM hated it so much he arranged an encounter specifically to permakill them. Apparently something called "improved salmon leap’ was way overpowered for the badger.

  4. 2 months ago
    Smaugchad

    Play 3e

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    D&D 3E
    damage goes brrrrbrrr

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    In Pathfinder I once played a Halfling Paladin and riding a magical wolf around in dungeons and buildings. Being on a mount made me a Medium creature, exactly the same size as the rest of the party.

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >dick move solution
    lots of dungeons. fuck tons of them. with 6 foot tall ceilings.
    >super dick move solution
    give all the other player characters better mounts that can fly, breath fire, etc. and make every encounter mount friendly.

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    You just know

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Not really. She's not a dog and he's neither a white woman nor a severely autistic shitposter.

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I hate how these drawings and old cartoons always have these really short and thin blankets that cover neither your head nor your feet. Unless my feet are nice and warm and the blankets are at least up to my ears, I can't sleep.

    Speaking of olden timey sleeping habits, they really need to bring back those old fashioned sleeping caps. They look confortable but I can't buy them anywhere.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Unless my feet are nice and warm and the blankets are at least up to my ears, I can't sleep.
      Maybe it's hot

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I often have to use blankets like that when it's summer and it's hot as balls but not enough that I want to just sleep completely uncovered.

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    The mount is a war dog with the cavalier being a halfing or other small race, however, the stats reflect full sized rider and mount. This way, they can go anywhere and do their thing.

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >How do we solve the problem? In the fantasy rpg genre, mounted combat is often a tertiary feature at best

    So, you're saying this is no problem.

    Case closed.

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