I'm attacking an enemy. Let's assume we both have several appropriate Clichés. Each combatant choose a Cliché and then make their roll:

Attacks require rolls against character Clichés.

What if my choice depends on the enemy choice? Who chooses first? Should we choose blindly?

  • \$\begingroup\$ There might be a rule for this in the Risus Companion, which I keep meaning to get (it's not free like the core rules). Have you looked there? Otherwise, perhaps someone can contact S. John Ross, the game author. \$\endgroup\$
    – Zeiss Ikon
    Nov 20, 2017 at 12:49
  • \$\begingroup\$ The Companion has a section on initiative, which boils down to 'It doesn't matter'. And you should get it, or maybe wait for the second edition. \$\endgroup\$
    – Chuk
    Nov 21, 2017 at 21:26
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Chuk I can't find the word "initiative" in the Companion, do you mind specifying the page number? \$\endgroup\$
    – enkryptor
    Nov 21, 2017 at 22:09
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    \$\begingroup\$ It's on page 33 under "Order Out of Chaos". (Searching the PDF, I didn't see the word either, but it's quite clearly in the first paragraph and the first bullet point. Weird.) \$\endgroup\$
    – Chuk
    Nov 28, 2017 at 18:52

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If you initiate combat, then you choose the cliché that defines the encounter and it's up to the enemy to respond with an appropriate cliché (if they have one). Bear in mind though that this means the person who initiates combat can never have an inappropriate one, only the defender.


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