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Claw Law Cover

Product Line: Rolemaster
Product Edition: RM1
Product Name: Claw Law
Product Type:
Stock #: 1500
Publisher: ICE
Page Count: ? 48
Release Date: 1980
Language: English

Format Cover Price Released
Softcover $6.00 1980

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

Claw Law was released in 1982. It adds additional tables and rules for the Rolemaster combat system. There are three versions of this, the first with loose charts and a similar one that is saddle-stitched with perforated pages. These originally came in a bag (with a color slip cover) and later in a box. Both of these are printed on heavy card stock, with the cover and critical tables in the yellow/gold color pictured here, and the attack tables in a lighter tan color pictured below. There are also three blue pages with rules and additional tables.

The third version is a saddle-stitched book that has a blue cover with yellow/gold attack tables and blue rules and critical tables.

Claw Law provides five new critical tables, Grapple, Martial Arts Strikes, Martial Arts Sweeps and Throws, Tiny Animal, and Unbalancing. It also includes twelve new attack tables for claws, bite, stingers, trampling, martial arts etc.
One point of interest is the difference in the layout of the Attack tables in Claw Law compared to Arms Law. In Arms Law, the lowest attack number is at the bottom of the page and the highest attack number is at the top. In Claw Law, the Attack Tables are printed in landscape orientation, and the low number is at the top of the page with the high number at the bottom. Claw Law tables also include maximum results for different size attacks. A house cat is limited to the Maximum for Small Attacks on the Bite table, where a Dragon could go all the way up to the Maximum for a Huge Attack.

There are charts with summaries of Historical and Fantasy Weapons, Animal and Monster Combat Capabilities, a section with Guidelines for using Martial Arts and a table with a summary of Martial Arts Combat Capabilities, broken down by Form (Karate, Kung Fu, etc) and belt/degree.
A boxed set was also released that contained Arms Law and Claw Law. 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
1100 Arms 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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