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Friday, April 20, 2007

So I'm not the only one who sees the connection...

I would have written about this before, but I figured that none of the Deadman readership is so gauche as to have ever played the old school paper-and-dice Dungeons and Dragons. I've often been struck by the similarities, though.

Compare this:

Optional Combat Rule for D&D 3E:

Parry: Before a combat round begins a player may designate any number of his attacks as a parry. The player selects as many of his opponent's attacks as he put into parrying, usually the BIG ones, and if that attack hits a parry is possible. The parrying player rolls an attack roll against the total attack roll of the opponent (d20 + bonuses). He must at least match it in order to parry the attack. A natural attack roll of 20 can only be parried with a natural parry roll of 20. If the attack is parried no damage is suffered.
Note that some attacks can't be parried. A halfling can't parry a hill giants club for example. The parrying weapon must be a solid object, a sword, a club, a chair. It can't be a pillow, a net, or a whip for example.

With this:

Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)

Every defense, in law or fact, to a claim for relief in any pleading, whether a claim, counterclaim, cross-claim, or third-party claim, shall be asserted in the responsive pleading thereto if one is required, except that the following defenses may at the option of the pleader be made by motion: (1) lack of jurisdiction over the subject matter, (2) lack of jurisdiction over the person, (3) improper venue, (4) insufficiency of process, (5) insufficiency of service of process, (6) failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted, (7) failure to join a party under Rule 19. A motion making any of these defenses shall be made before pleading if a further pleading is permitted. No defense or objection is waived by being joined with one or more other defenses or objections in a responsive pleading or motion. If a pleading sets forth a claim for relief to which the adverse party is not required to serve a responsive pleading, the adverse party may assert at the trial any defense in law or fact to that claim for relief.

I rest my case...


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