I'm a long-time 7th Sea fan who just received the 2nd edition core rules and ran my first test session. So far, my circle of friends/GMs/Players is very excited about the new edition, and we really like the streamlined character creation and the new mechanics so far. (We tend to be a very "storytelling" group overall so it works well for us.)
However, while I like the revisions to the new dueling schools and maneuvers, a few things about the way Lunge is worded have me confused. Can anyone help me answer the following questions, please?
1. The wording for Lunge says, "When you perform Lunge, spend all your raises." (p. 237) Does this mean (A) you MUST lunge at the beginning of your round and spend all your raises, doing nothing else? Or (B) could you spend a few raises to perform other maneuvers first, then spend your remaining raises to perform a Lunge? My initial interpretation was B, but I was unsure after re-reading Lunge.
2. Reading the text that says wounds from a Lunge "cannot be avoided or prevented", I understand that means Wounds inflicted by a Lunge can't be cancelled using a Parry, Riposte or by spending Raises to cancel Wounds after being hit. However, if the duelist performing the Lunge was previously hit by a Bash, would this reduce the amount of damage inflicted by the Lunge? If I'm reading the way Bash works correctly, it doesn't prevent wounds after they're inflicted, but rather disorients the opponent so his next attack isn't as effective. So as a GM, I'd allow Bash to affect damage inflicted by a future Lunge, but what do others think about this?
One of the reasons I'm asking these questions is that as a GM, I'm a bit concerned about Lunge overpowering other maneuvers in a duel, it seems to me extremely powerful compared to other Maneuvers, especially if the duelist uses the Sabat school. If anyone can offer answers to the question above and share how Lunge has worked in their games, I'd welcome your feedback and thoughts, because I'm seriously considering some sort of house rule to tone down Lunge. Thanks!