### Points of Advantage in Close Combat

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**Thu Sep 17, 2009 10:13 am**Close combat POAs are

If both sides have ++ POA in the charts, then neither side has an overall advantage, so the combat is fought with both sides on 0 POA, not with both sides on ++ POA. Hence the rolls to hit are 4+ not 3+.

If Side A has a + POA in the charts and Side B has 0, Side B is at a disadvantage and fights at - POA. Side A fights at + POA. Hence side A needs 4s to hit and side B needs 5s.

It is not possible for one side in close combat to be on 0 net POA and the other on something different:

If side A is on 0 net POA then so is side B.

If side A is on + net POA then side B is on -.

If side A is on ++ net POA then side B is on --.

The mounted light spear factor only comes into play if the combat would otherwise be fought at 0 POA. It changes the POAs to + for the light spear mounted troops and - for the enemy. (Unless both sides are mounted light spear, in which case the combat is fought at 0 POA again as the light spear factors net out).

**always**netted out and only the final**difference**between the total POAs of both sides is actually used. That is why they are called "Points of Advantage" and not "Factors" or "Modifiers".If both sides have ++ POA in the charts, then neither side has an overall advantage, so the combat is fought with both sides on 0 POA, not with both sides on ++ POA. Hence the rolls to hit are 4+ not 3+.

If Side A has a + POA in the charts and Side B has 0, Side B is at a disadvantage and fights at - POA. Side A fights at + POA. Hence side A needs 4s to hit and side B needs 5s.

It is not possible for one side in close combat to be on 0 net POA and the other on something different:

If side A is on 0 net POA then so is side B.

If side A is on + net POA then side B is on -.

If side A is on ++ net POA then side B is on --.

**No other combinations are possible.**The mounted light spear factor only comes into play if the combat would otherwise be fought at 0 POA. It changes the POAs to + for the light spear mounted troops and - for the enemy. (Unless both sides are mounted light spear, in which case the combat is fought at 0 POA again as the light spear factors net out).