|The inverse ninja law in action figure form|
I like Savage Worlds combat overall, but occasionally the dice just don't want to cooperate and something that should be fast, furious, and fun becomes a slog through a bog. The most infamous example I can think of from my own experience was a ninja ambush during a short-lived pulp campaign I ran about four years ago. It should have been pretty simple -- four seasoned Wild Cards against eight ninja extras -- but (in a hilarious example of the inverse ninja law) once seven of the ninja had been eliminated, the players just couldn't hit the last one. I tried to make him escape, but they naturally kept chasing after him (what player is going to let some damned mook that showed him up escape?) and they unnaturally kept missing their rolls.
I could have fudged a roll, I suppose, but that would require me to roll behind a screen. I roll in the open; you kind of have to if one of the players is your wife and you don't want the other players thinking you're cheating in her favor.
In any case, they finally caught him and slaughtered him, but that was a half-hour wasted chasing one worthless ninja that could have been spent doing something, anything else. Just a little bonus to somebody's roll could have nailed that ninja a little sooner. I hope to get a The King is Dead campaign going by the end of the month or the middle of June, so maybe I'll give the escalation die a try in it. The rule would be that Wild Cards get a cumulative +1 to hit every round after the first up to +6.
Of course, "Wild Cards" covers NPC vampires too...