Monday, December 13, 2010

Speed in Street Fighter: The Storytelling Game

Fast Attacks in Street Fighter: The Storytelling Game

This is a simple comparative analysis of fast attacks, by which I mean all attacks with a Speed modifier of +1 or higher, in Street Fighter: The Storytelling Game. This comparison limits itself only to the special maneuver listed in the core book, in their original forms.

Here they are in summary format:

Name
Cost
Spd
Dmg
Mv
Effects
Punch





Jab
-
+2
-1
+0

Hyper Fist
w
+1
+0 x3
One

Rekka Ken
w
+3
-
-
Add 3 to SPD of punch, up to 3 rounds, Combo to dizzy
Turbo Spin Clothesline
w
+1
+0
-1
Hit all adjacent, KB, 1 hit /Mv
Kick





Short Kick

+1
+0
+0

Flying Knee Thrust
w
+1
+2
+1
Air, Dodge
Block





Block
-
+4
No
No
Abort, add Block Tech to Soak
Deflecting Punch
-
+2
+0
No
Block, then hit
Kick Defense
-
+4
No
No
Block +4 vs Kick, -2 vs other
Punch Defense
-
+4
No
No
Block +4 vs Punch, -2 vs other
San He
-
+2
No
No
Block x2, No KD, No KB, no Spd bonus next turn
Missile Reflection
-
+3
No
-1
Roll Dex to catch and reflect missile attacks
Energy Reflection
C
+1
No
No
Roll Wits to reflect Energy
Grab





Air Throw
w
+2
+5
+0
vs. Air, KD, Mv-Hit-Mv
Grappling Defense
-
+4
No
-1
Add Grab to soak vs Grabs
Head Bite
-
+1
+3
One
Hold
Iron Claw
w 1st
+1
+4
One
Hold
Athletics





Cannon Drill
w
+2
+2
+2

Drunken Monkey Roll
-
+3
No
+2
Crouch, Dodge
Jump
-
+3
No
+0
Dodge, use w/ basic, Abort
Movement
-
+3
No
+3

Wall Spring
-
+2
No
+0/+2
Air, Dodge, use w/ basic
Focus





Ghost Form
2c +
+1
No
+0
1 c/ turn to extend, insubstantial
Stunning Shout
c
+2
No
-2
Will vs. Will to cancel current or reduce speed next turn
Yoga Teleport
2 c
+3
No
*
Move Int + Focus

In the core rules, no attacks have higher than a +2 speed. Higher speeds are reserved for movement and defensive maneuvers, exclusively. The highest speed core moves are Jab, Cannon Drill, Air Throw, and Stunning Shout. Air Throw is limited by the requirement that the opponent also be aerial for it to work, and Stunning Shout deals no actual damage—it just causes some degree of stun that will, hopefully, cancel the opponent’s attack or give the opponent a penalty next round. Its usefulness in a one-on-one fight is limited if used to interrupt—it amounts to spending a Chi to stop an opponent’s attack. If the opponent has chosen a heavy-hitting move, this could be fairly useful. If the opponent is doing something simple, however, it’s best to take the hit and then use the Stunning Shout in the hopes of setting something up next round.

Now, let’s look at the maneuvers from Secrets of the Shadoloo, and the Storyteller’s Screen.

Name
Cost
Spd
Dmg
Mv
Effects
Punch





Elbow Smash (SotS)
-
+2
+2
One

Knife Hand Strike (scrn)
-
+1
-1
-1
Vs ½ Sta (round down)
Kick





Tiger Knee (SotS)
2 w
+3
+2
+0
KD, Air, Dodge
Forward Backflip Kick (Storyteller’s Screen)
w
+2
+1 x2
two
vs Air, KDA
Athletics





Backflip
w
+3
No
+2
Straight, Away, cannot be hit

Secrets of the Shadoloo introduces Tiger Knee as the fastest attack in the game. In the right combo (especially a Block combo), it can beat most fighters’ Block speeds. It makes for a good “backup plan” type maneuver. In a Block combo, it could be aborted to and used to do some serious damage and cause knock down. Elbow Smash is also a powerful addition—with its Speed and Damage, it is like a cheap Cannon Drill in some ways. The extra movement of Cannon Drill would often not be worth the Willpower cost, since unlike the video game, the maneuver doesn’t cause knock down in the RPG. Elbow Smash is also great just about anywhere in a combo.  
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