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Alternate Backstabbingby Håvard
IMC I have introduced the following system for Backstabbing:
THIEF LEVEL ATTACK BONUS DAMAGE BONUS Basic (1-4) +4 1d6 Expert (4-14) +4 2d6 Companion (15-25) +4 3d6 Master (26-36) +4 4d6
As usual a successful Move Silently/Hide in Shadows will be required for the attack and damage bonuses to apply. Any melee weapon may be used in a backstab. The backstab does not have to be an attack from behind, but the defender must not see the attack coming.
My main reason for moving away from double damage to a 3E esque damage bonus system is to avoid the situation where you have double damage from Backstab, double damage from Weapon Mastery and Double damage from magic items.