Modus Operandi Combat
(Or: Tackling Criminals the Hard Way)
There are criminals (usually called "perps") all around
Morada that are up to no good, and more than willing to pick a fight
with the local citizens and tourists. Soon after your arrival, you'll
probably come across Brawlers in West End, for example. These criminals
will attempt to attack you on sight!
II. RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
There are two forms of combat, melee range and missile range. Melee
range refers to the use of hand weapons such as billy clubs, brass
knuckles, knives, swords, punches, kicks and so on. Missile range
refers to firearms, bows/crossbows and thrown weapons. A few unarmed
attacks such as flying kicks may be performed from missile range
To attack in melee range, you have to be close up to the target.
You may ADVANCE or ENGAGE them to get up close.
Once you're in range, you can begin your assault. If you find you're
engaged in melee combat and need to back off and run, you can use
RETREAT or DISENGAGE to back away. The higher
your agility is, the more likely you are to be successful in retreating.
If you're good at Prowling, you can also HIDE, which makes
retreating much easier. Missile weapons don't require you to engage,
and can be used either up close or far away.
To see who is engaged to whom, you can use the ASSESS
command. You can be engaged in melee combat with up to three combatants
at once and ASSESS will show your three engagement "slots"
III. ATTACK COMMANDS
To use most hand weapons you will use ATTACK, such as ATTACK
THUG. You can also DISARM a perp to knock its weapon
away. If you want to attack with a ranged weapon, you can THROW
it, such as if you have a knife and want to throw it at a thug,
you can do THROW THUG. If you're using a firearm or bow,
you can use SHOOT THUG to shoot it. You'll need to LOAD
your weapon (such as LOAD RIFLE) periodically. You can
use AMMO to see how much ammunition is in your weapon.
There are also an array of unarmed attacks available to you, spread
across the four unarmed skills: Grappling, Kicking, Punching,
and Throwing. Some of the moves available are:
Grappling: Bearhug, Choke, Head Butt, Pile Driver, Power
Bomb, Reverse Slam, Reverse Suplex, Sleeper Hold, Suplex, Tackle
Kicking: Crescent Kick, Flying Kick, Jump Kick, Kick,
Knee, Reverse Kick, Roundhouse, Side Kick, Snap Kick, Sweep
Punching: Punch, Jab, Uppercut, Hook, Elbow, Reverse Punch,
Scissor Punch, Hammer Strike, Spearhand, Lunge Punch
Throwing: Throw, Slam, Hip Throw, Foot Wheel, Scissor
Throw, Shoulder Throw, Scoop Throw, Valley Drop, Side Drop, Corner
IV. DEATH AND DYING
As you fight in combat, you may be injured. While players do not
die in Modus Operandi, they do get injured badly enough to require
emergency care at a medical facility, as well a lesser wounds that
may be treated at a medical facility or by themselves with the proper
Typing HEALTH shows your current injuries and body points.
As you are hurt, bleed from severe injuries, or are affected by
poisons, you will lose body points. If your body points fall below
1, you will become unconscious and will need to be rescued by a
life-saving medical team. Note: As you gain levels (described in
the notoriety section above), you will gain more maximum body points,
which will allow you to take more damage before becoming unconscious.
Treatment at medical facilities is not cheap, especially should
you need to be rescued by paramedics and brought into the Emergency
Room! Also, being brought into the ER has a bit of recovery time.
While you could go back out and fight within a couple minutes, you'll
probably need several minutes (6, 7, maybe more) to completely recover,
and it's suggested you give yourself time to recover before rushing
out to fight again.
You may also visit the ER of your own accord, to be healed. Simply
go inside and go through the doors to the ER. There are other locations
on Morada where tables, cots and other such items are available
for you to rest on and receive treatment, as well.
When you are healed in a medical facility, you will incur a cost
for their services. If you do not have sufficent funds on-hand to
pay, the amount will be placed in your medical debt. You should
keep up with this debt by checking INFO often, and go to
the Lobby and PAY your debt. Failure to pay debts causes them to
accumulate, and eventually a warrant for your arrest may be issued
if you let the debt climb too high.
You may also heal yourself or others with first-aid kits. Simply
purchase one in the Gizmogoria, in the Emporium, and hold it in
hand while you use TEND to heal yourself or others. You
can TEND ME or TEND <name> to heal body
points, TEND MY <location> or TEND <name>
<location> (such as TEND MY LEFT ARM or TEND
JOE SMITH LEFT ARM) to heal wounds on a body part, or staunch
bleeding. More severe wounds may require high levels of First Aid
skill. You can also TEND a fallen friend to bring him or
her out of unconsciousness before they are whisked away to the ER.
V. THE NUMBERS
An example attack:
You fire a sawed-off shotgun with triple titanium short-barrels
at an angry thug!
Attacker: Power = 670 Mod = 75% Sum = 1172
Defender: Power = 178 Mod = 0% Sum = 178
Hit! Difference = 994
You land a critical hit to the left arm, as she fails to roll
from the attack!
An angry thug appears to be dead!
An angry thug drops to her knees, falling to the ground in a
Roundtime: 3 sec.
Let's break this down a bit, to explain the numbers and information.
1. Attacker: Power = 670 Mod = 75% Sum = 1172
The "Power" rating is a combination of your skill with
the weapon used or attack performed, your dexterity, a random
roll, and other factors.
The "Mod" is a modifier, a percentage, added or subtracted
to/from the Power. In this example, the Mod is 75%, so 75% of
670 was added to the attacker's score. The Mod is made up of bonuses
for your equipment, stance, and other factors. Being hurt, blinded
and so on can lower your Mod.
The "Sum" is the total attack after the Mod is added
to the Power. 670 plus 75% is 1172.
2. Defender: Power = 178 Mod = 0% Sum = 178
The "Power" here is the defender's skill, agility, random
roll and other factors.
The "Mod" is again a percentage added or subtracted
to/from the Power. In this case 0% is added. Mod is affected by
armor and weapon bonuses, stance and other factors.
The "Sum" is again the Power plus the Mod percentage.
178 plus 0% is 178.
3. Hit! Difference = 994
If the difference between the attacker and defender score is over
0, the hit lands. The greater the difference, the more damage
is done to the target.
4. You land a critical hit to the left arm, as she fails to
roll from the attack!
Here we see that the thug tried to roll from the attack but failed
and was hit for a critical-level hit to the left arm. With such
an enormous difference, the thug took a massive amount of damage
to the arm, and surely lost a lot of body points.
5. Roundtime: 3 sec.
A "roundtime" is the time it took to perform the action.
During a roundtime you cannot take certain actions. For example,
you cannot attack, change stance or move to another room while
in roundtime. Different weapons and attacks carry different roundtimes.
VI. HOW TO USE STANCES
Stances allow you to select your posture, and determine how aggressive
or defensive you wish to be in combat. You can also designate how
you will defend yourself. To change stances, use the STANCE
command. Normally you can vary your attack and defense by +30% to
-30%. Attack and defense counter-balance each other, so if you use
STANCE 30 to increase your attack by 30%, you will incur
a penalty of -30% to defense. Likewise, if you use STANCE -30
to lower your attack by 30%, your defense will receive a bonus of
To set a stance, use STANCE <number>, such as STANCE
30, or you may use STANCE <level> where level
is one of the following:
- Berserk (+30% attack, -30% defense)
- Aggressive (+20% attack, -20% defense)
- Belligerent (+10% attack, -10% defense)
- Relaxed (+0% attack, -0% defense)
- Wary (-10% attack, +10% defense)
- Defensive (-20% attack, +20% defense)
- Retreating (-30% attack, +30% defense)
Additionally, you can use STANCE to designate how you
will defend yourself. The three options are:
- STANCE EVASION (use your Evasion skill to dodge attacks)
- STANCE ROLL (use your Acrobatics skill to roll away
- STANCE PARRY (use your weapon and weapon skill to block
If you use STANCE PARRY but have no weapon in hand, you will use
an unarmed skill. Normally, this will be your highest available
unarmed skill, but you can choose a specific skill as follows:
- STANCE UNARMED HIGHEST (use the highest unarmed skill
- STANCE UNARMED GRAPPLING (use your grappling skill)
- STANCE UNARMED KICKING (use your kicking skill)
- STANCE UNARMED PUNCHING (use your punching skill)
- STANCE UNARMED THROWING (use your throwing skill)
Note: You can't parry thrown, firearms and archery attacks! If
you are set to STANCE PARRY, you will instead use Evasion
or Acrobatics, whichever is higher.
VII. THE STANCING SKILL
The Stancing skill allows you to beef up your ability to use the
STANCE command to get more power and flexibility. As your
Stancing skill improves, you can go STANCE outside of the
normal +30% to -30% range, eventually going as high as +50% to -50%!
Additionally, the Stancing skill reduces your "penalty"
for stancing. For example, normally if you use STANCE 30,
you will be +30% to attack and -30% to defend. However, you can
cut that -30% penalty to as low as one-half, or -15%. This allows
you to stance more offensively or defensively with less of a penalty.
To stance to your most offensive posture available, use STANCE
MAX. To stance to your most defensive stance available, use
To practice and learn the Stancing skill, type STANCE PRACTICE.
You will also train your weapon or unarmed skills and Evasion, at
the same time.
VIII. PAIRED AND TWO-HANDED WEAPONS
Some weapons may be used in pairs together. For example, you may
use a pair of knives, a pair of handguns, or perhaps a whip and
a one-handed sword at the same time. To use paired weapons, just
hold a pairable weapon in each hand and attack normally. Your success
in attacking will be based on both your weapon skill and your Paired
Some weapons, on the other hand, are two-handed and require both
hands to use. To use these weapons, you will need to hold the weapon
in your right hand and have the left hand free.
Paired weapons and Two-Handed weapons give the attacker a bonus
when used against an opponent wielding a single, one-handed weapon.
IX. BOUNTY HUNTING
Moradian regulations allow bounty hunters to confiscate belongings
from criminals killed in combat. If you strike down an opponent,
you may SEARCH them and take their items and cash. If you
hunt in a group with others, you may want to SHARE the
cash with them. Typing SHARE will share the amount you
last searched from a perp. You can also use SHARE <amount>,
such as SHARE 100 to share $100 with your group. To make
life even easier, you can use the SET command to turn on
AutoShare, which will allow you to share cash with group automatically
when you search a perp! To turn on AutoShare, just type SET
AUTOSHARE. If you later wish to turn off AutoShare, use SET
X. CHARACTER VS. CHARACTER (CVC) COMBAT
Players may wish to fight each other in combat. Currently, this
can only be done by joining special organizations. There are two
rival organizations, the Cape Marassas Police Department (CMPD)
and Ghent's Force, headed up by Chandler Ghent, a famous "businessman"
who promotes a revolutionary theme against the government. Members
of the CMPD may fight against Ghent's Force and vice-versa. However,
note, attacking innocents is strictly forbidden and will be met
with a severe fine, starting at $100,000 and doubling with each
There are events from time to time that allow players to freely
fight also, such as the Rumble in the Jungle and the Gladiator Games
usually held at the RenFaire event each year. During these events,
players may join a list to fight each other for sport, if they wish.
Under no circumstance can a player be attacked if they do not choose
to join a CvC organization or event. Additionally, theft from players
is also not possible.
XI. TIPS FOR THE SUCCESSFUL FIGHTER
- APPRAISE your weapons, armor and opponents to receive
information about them.
- Use the STANCE verb wisely and learn the Stancing skill
- Keep an eye on your health, don't fight if you're badly hurt!
- Don't fight while badly encumbered! Use the ENCUMBRANCE
verb to see how badly you're affected by encumbrance. Try to stay
- Keep your weapons and armor in good condition. If they become
damaged, either see a repair merchant (such as in the Armory),
or repair them yourself with maintenance kits, whetstones and
so on, which are available in the Gizmogoria, in the Emporium.
- If you are hurt so badly that you're carried off to the ER,
give yourself several minutes before hunting again!
- Consider learning either the paranormal abilities (i.e. PSI)
or anti-paranormal abilities (i.e. FOCUS SELF) to give
you an extra edge in combat.
- Learn to hide! A hidden attacker is more deadly and a hidden
defender can retreat more easily.
- Work on your Economics skill by appraising items. This will
lower your maintenance and repair costs, and increase the value
of items you find and sell.
- Work on your Security skill, so that you can pick the locks
on boxes and containers you find. To pick a lock, acquire a lockpick
(they're available at the Gizmogoria) and PICK <item>
WITH MY LOCKPICK, such as PICK BRIEFCASE WITH MY LOCKPICK.
- Work on your First Aid skill, it may save you and your friends
a lot of trips to the ER.