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SKILL

The number given for a creature's SKILL score is a measure of its expertise at fighting and a range of other activities, such as sneaking, climbing, or dodging.[Dungeoneer]p23 The higher the SKILL the better.[FF1] p10

This is an average value, as not all creatures of the same species are exactly alike. In a large group of creatures there will be some variation in this score. Scores should only be varied by one or two points.[Out of the Pit]p15

STAMINA

The number given for a creature's STAMINA score shows just how fit and healthy the creature is, and how determined it is to survive. Every time a creature suffers a wound, its STAMINA score is reduced by one or more points. If a creature's STAMINA score ever reaches zero, it is dead.[Dungeoneer]p23 Thus, the higher a creature's STAMINA, the longer it will survive.[FF1] p10

This is an average value, as not all creatures of the same species are exactly alike. In a large group of creatures there will be some variation in this score. Scores should only be varied by one or two points.[Out of the Pit]p15

Attacks

Solo players may ignore this score as it is only used in multi-player games. The number of Attacks indicates the maximum number of opponents that a creature can fight in one Attack Round. If the creature has more Attacks than there are opponents, it does not get any extra Attacks, unless otherwise noted in the creature's description. Each Attack will be conducted from the single Attack Strength rolled for the creature, again, unless it says otherwise in the creature's description.[Out of the Pit]p15

Weapon Used

This category did not occur in the original Out of the Pit but was later introduced in Dungeoneer, the first volume in the Advanced Fighting Fantasy system. It indicates what type of weapon the creature will use when fighting. The following table lists the number of points of damage to STAMINA various weapons will do.

Damage Table (Roll 1 die)
Weapon1234567 or more
Battle-axe2222233
Club1222224
Dagger1122222
Pole Arm1222333
Spear1122233
Staff1222223
Sword1222233
Two-handed Sword2223334
Arrow1122233
Crossbow bolt1222233
Javelin1222233
Throwing dagger1222223
Fist/kick, human size1112223
Fist/kick, larger size2223333
Bite/claw, small1122223
Bite/claw, large1222334
Bite/claw, very large2233456

[Dungeoneer]p155-156

More unorthodox weapons include:

Hand-held

  • Bench - as Sword
  • Chair - as Club
  • Table - as Two-handed Sword
  • Tree - as very large Bite

Thrown

  • Ale flagon, plate - as Arrow
  • Rock, light - as Crossbow bolt
  • Rock, heavy - as Battle-axe
  • Boulder, huge - as Two-handed Sword
  • Tree - as very large Bite

[Dungeoneer]p156,p165

Interestingly, an earlier and slightly different version of the Damage Table appeared in The Riddling Reaver, and was as follows:

Damage Table (Roll 1 die)
Weapon123456
Battle-axe122223
Dagger112222
Mace222222
Spear112233
Morning star122233
Sword222222
Two-handed sword122333

Template:The Riddling Reaverp14-16

Habitat

This indicates the general area a creature may be encountered in. Where more than one habitat is listed, the first is where the creature is most often found, the second where it is less frequently found, and so on.[Out of the Pit]p15

Out of the Pit also included Encounter Tables for the following habitat types: Dungeons/Ruins, Plains, Forest, Caves, Hills, Mountains, Ice, Desert, Jungle, Marsh, Rivers/Lakes, and Sea/Seashore.[Out of the Pit]p126-128 With the exception of Dungeons/Ruins and Caves, all of these tables later turned up in Allansia, the third volume in the Advanced Fighting Fantasy series.[Allansia]p135-178

Other habitat types include: Wilderness, Towns (and Towns (sewers)), the Demonic Plane, the Magical Planes of Air, Earth, Fire and Water, and more exotic examples such as 'Anywhere men are', 'In the company of a sorcerer' and 'At the heart of a hurricane'. None of these habitats had Encounter Tables.

Number Encountered

These numbers show how many creatures will be encountered by one to three adventurers. If there are more adventurers than this, the Number Encountered can be doubled or trebled. Some beings are solitary creatures, however, and will only be encountered on their own: the description of the creature will have further information in this case.[Out of the Pit]p15

Rolling the numbers is simple: 1-6 means roll one die, and that many creatures are encountered; 2-12 means roll two dice, 3-18 means roll three dice, and so on. 1-3 means roll one die and halve the result, rounding any fractions up. 1-2 means roll one die: if the result is an odd number the score is 1, if it is even the score is 2. There are also a few other special numbers, which are explained in the descriptions of the creatures concerned.[Out of the Pit]p15

Type

This gives a rough indication of the nature of the creature, and is also used to generate Treasure for it.[Out of the Pit]p15 In practice however, there are only four categories used for generating Treasure: Humanoid, Monster, Undead and All others.[Out of the Pit]p125

All together, Out of the Pit uses 22 categories to define creatures, including: Humanoid (this includes numerous sub-categories), Monster, Animal, Magical creature, Undead, Demon, Insect, Reptile, Plant, Bird, Fish, Amphibian, Mollusc, and Crustacean.

However, given both the inconsistent way that these Types are applied, together with the vast hordes of new monsters from adventures that came after Out of the Pit, new categories are needed. To the above should be added: Elemental, Construct, Arachnid, Myriapod, Worm, Slime, and Fungi, as well as some obscure but numerous types such as Cnidarian and Ball Beast.

Reaction

When adventurers first encounter a creature it will react to them in one of a number of ways. If if is Friendly, it greets them warmly and shows no hostility. It may share food or provide useful information for the adventurer(s). If it is Neutral, it is wary of them, but does not show open hostility; it will probably react if attacked, but may be fairly friendly if treated carefully.If it is Unfriendly, it shows obvious displeasure at encountering them, but does not leap into battle immediately; it may wait to sum up the situation before deciding one way or the other. If it is Hostile, this often means it is hungry! The creature will attack immediately![Out of the Pit]p15

You will often notice that for a few creatures two or more of these reactions are listed together. In these cases the creature may react either way, depending perhaps on what the adventurers are doing.[Out of the Pit]p15

Intelligence

This final detail shows how clever a creature is. There are four scores for this: High, Average, Low, and None. Humanoids will generally be rated as High (humans come somewhere in the middle of this category). Most monsters and some animals will be Average; the rest are Low. In general only plants have no intelligence at all. Intelligence should be borne in mind when considering the reaction of a particular creature. Clever beings will obviously use more cunning in their attack, and may even have spells or special weapons which they can use. Stupider creatures are more likely just to leap into battle regardless![Out of the Pit]p15

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