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Arms Law Cover

Product Line: Rolemaster
Product Edition: RM1
Product Name: Arms Law
Product Type:
Stock #: 1100
Publisher: ICE
Page Count: ? 48
Release Date: 1980
Language: English

Format Cover Price Released
Softcover $10.00 1980

Arms Law at Noble Knight Games (Used)
Note: Bagged then Boxed

The first version of Arms Law was produced by ICE was printed in 1980. This underwent three printings.

The first printing has a blue and white cover and came in a plastic bag with a diagonally cut orange half sheet included. It has a 24 page booklet (not included the 4 cover pages) with 30 Attack Tables on heavy grey blue card stock paper. The sheets with the Attack Tables are single sided. The Maneuver Chart and Critical Tables are printed on heavy yellow card stock, double sided.

The second printing had a black and white cover and contains a small booklet of twelve pages. It has the same material as the booklet for the first printing, but uses a much smaller font. The Attack Tables are printed on the same stock as the first printing, but double sided. The Maneuver Chart and Critical sheets are the same as the first printing. These originally came in a bag or (possibly shrink wrapped) with a color cover sheet) and later in a box.

The third printing has the same black and white cover as the second printing and is a saddle-stitched book with perforated pages also on heavy card stock.

There was also a fourth printing that combined Arms Law and Claw Law and had color cover. The books themselves had First, Second, Third, and Fourth Edition printed on them, but this really refers to which printing the book is, all of these are considered to be First Edition Rolemaster products.

Arms Law contains several sections, an Introduction, Definitions, a Tactical Combat Sequence section, which describes the Battle round sequence which is broken down into nine phases.
The fourth section covers Defensive Capabilities in Combat, including descriptions of armor, shields, defensive bonus, and parrying options. Section five covers Offensive Capabilities in Combat including weapon/weapon combinations, and offensive bonuses.

Section six is resolution of combat, including first swing determination and swing and missile attack resolution. The section explains how to use the attack charts and the critical tables.

Section seven covers maneuvering, orientation, and movement.

The tables are section eight. There are five critical strike tables included a slash table, puncture table, crush table, large creature table and super large creature table. It also includes tables for 30 different weapons. There is alsoa maneuver table and a fumble table. The color text on the critical tables was handwritten.

The second printing of Arms Law includes an additional section nine, which adds sections on a mounted combat, pole arms options, thrown weapons and missiles in melee, two weapon combinations, bow preparation time, notes on changes to some of the tables since first printing, notes announcing the release of Claw Law, and conversion notes explaining how to use Arms Law with Advanced Dungeons and Dragons.

The third printing has some modifications in organization and format and has some additional sections on healing, slaying weapons and armor bonuses.

For a detailed look at the various versions of Arms Law and Claw Law from 1980 to 2003, checkout my Evolution of Arms Law article.)

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Cover Stock
Product Name Release Date ISBN Pages
Arms Law Claw Law
1500 Claw Law 1980 ? ? 48
1600 Arms Law & Claw Law Box 1982 ? 72
1100 Arms Law & Claw Law 1984 ? 72
1100 Arms Law & Claw Law 1989 1-55806-090-1 96
6502 Arms Law 01-Feb-07 1-55806-620-9 119
5801 Arms Law 1999 1-55806-551-2 124
5810 Arms Law 03-Apr 1-55806-598-9 80
5813 The Armory 10-Dec-02 1-55806-595-4 64
rmfw1P Fantasy Weapons 2003 16
5510 Rolemaster 3 in 1 (AL, SL, RMSR) 1997 1-55806-251-3 784
5520 Arms Law 1994 1-55806-214-9 144
Aamuzu Roo & Kuroo Roo: Bujutsu Taiten (Arms Law & Claw Law) 1990
159jp Arms Law in Japanese 18-Feb-09
5810/5813h Arms Law / The Armory 08-Jun-07
RMU-GCP-001 Rolemaster Unified Core Law 02 December 2022 283

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