Following last week’s entry, “Tactical Roles and Defense,” I’ve been working on individual offensive and defensive powers related to the five tactical roles and their primary defensive power, in addition to the occasional “this attack cannot be dodged” and “this attack cannot be absorbed,” kinds of attacks.

Intended primarily to take advantage of the defender’s strength, these powers will afford the attacker an element of control. For instance, here’s one example of a special effect for charger attacks, intended for use against harriers:

Special: If your attack is dodged, you may forgo dealing damage to impose the secondary effect of your attack instead.

Since the entire point of the harrier’s “Dodge” defensive power is to reduce the damage of attacks that miss, it would be counter-intuitive to enable chargers to simple ignore this very basic power and deal damage as normal. No one would want to play a harrier against a charger because that just sucks.

Worse still, simply allowing a charger to deal extra damage to someone who dodged her attack wouldn’t give a player the incentive to play a charger except to take advantage of a harrier’s weakness to her attacks. Even still, all you’re doing is giving back what you took from the charger originally… damage. *yawn*

No, if you want to give the player of a charger incentive to play a charger, offer her an element of control under limited circumstances. One in five opponents will have access to the “Dodge” defensive power, and they’ll probably want to use it if they have it. Of course, if they’re up against a charger with the above power, they might think twice!

Now, you have the charger offense and the harrier defense. If the charger merely attacks, the harrier may defend with Dodge. However, the charger may use the above Control attack, which gives them the option of controlling the target instead of doing damage. The harrier may still Dodge, and the charger might not take control.

I still haven’t written much on the concept of yomi, and that’s okay. I’m going to link you again to one of the articles over at Sirlin, “Knowing the Mind of the Opponent.”