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How would I create a reason for melee weapons (swords, polearms, et cetera) to be used and effective in a science fiction setting? [duplicate]

While I enjoy the "rule of cool", I enjoy having reasoning for everything being the way it is in my settings. My current reasoning is melee as a tertiary weapon, and as a weapon used by ship ...
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Why might melee weapons be used in a sci if setting? [duplicate]

Ok, I am very aware that this question sounds like a near duplicate, but before voting to close it, hear me out. Why would the military use melee weapons such as swords, spears, axes, and all those ...
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How to create a proper electric enhancement for melee weapons?

It is not uncommon for some fantasy and RPG's with a modern setting to boost their melee weapons with electricity. However some people think that such modifications won't really improve the killing ...
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What melee weapons to use for small fireteams fighting many small enemies?

The fluff: As part of the world I'm building there is modern technology of firearms. However there is a problem: there are some categories of creatures (from some of my previous questions) that just ...
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What weapon types would be most prominent in my gunless sci-fi world?

I'm currently just starting development on a scifi world for a game, in which I want to focus on swordplay and melee combat rather than gunplay. I was inspired by seeing the combat system of Sekiro: ...
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What kinds of (effective) melee weapon could only be made with modern technology? [closed]

What kinds of (effective) melee weapon could only be made with modern technology? While we could make melee weapons with more modern technology, all we have are advancements in metallurgy applied to ...
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What would be needed to have melee in a near future setting alongside ranged weapons?

How possible would it be to have guns & melee co-exist in a near future setting? In this setting genetic modification is possible but difficult to do to currently alive humans. Humans have spread ...
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Warhammer homonculi grow edged weapons out of their own bodies. What should those be made out of?

As I mentioned before, dragons would be too goofy, werewolves are closer to oversized dogs, while lizardfolk are now finally part of the standard fantasy races. These creatures are more cool than ...
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A Modern Knight [closed]

I am an eccentric billionaire with a strong preference for all things medieval. However, my company happens to produce state-of-the-art modern military technology. Fascinated by stories portraying ...
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What melee weapons would a person with metal arm (up to shoulders) and leg (above the knees) prosthetics use? [closed]

As the title says, working on a story with a character who has mechanical prosthetics but has to have some sort of melee weapon(s). He would have better strength than an average human, but isn't that ...
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Realism of throwing knives or daggers

It lots of fictional settings and worlds, 'rogues' and other skilled martial fighters are constantly throwing knives and daggers at people. Furthermore, assassins/rogues are often pictured as having a ...
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Primitive underwater melee combat [duplicate]

My setting contains modified humans who live on an ocean planet with only small pockets of land. Generally, large populations of people live on these small islands but since land is so restricted, ...
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What would be the best melee weapon(s) to emphasize arboreal mobility?

I'm currently trying to come up with various different Melee weapon "load outs" for the creatures in my world, and have come up with a few different ones for certain situations already. The warriors ...
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A sword that's made up of tiny sharp crystals and held together by a magnetic field. Is it possible?

So, I was thinking about a way to recreate the spell "Bound Sword" from Skyrim and so created this. A bound weapon consists of: 1. A hilt that generates a strong magnetic field. The hilt doesn't ...
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Fencing style for blades that can attack from a distance [closed]

Due to all the edits and clarifications asked I will re write the question tomorrow, thanks for your patience. Leaving this up until then, for reference. In the setting I'm working on, magitech has ...
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Best Way to Weaponize Malleable Golems

There is a race of golems that can Change their shape at will (although not their color) Manipulate objects within their body Change their hardness between modeling clay soft and rock hard The ...
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Melee combat in futuristic setting? [closed]

How do I make melee combats with swords and shield more viable in a futuristic setting, where laser/plasma weapons exist? (Assuming the combatants are durable enough to take a few shots before being ...
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What melee weapon should winged humans use? [duplicate]

So currently in my fantasy universe 2 races are at war, the Anglar and the Darus. Info: Anglar: winged humans (basically Angels without holy powers). Darus: lizard people, they used to have wings ...
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What materials would we need to have melee weapons and body armor become the norm?

In a hypothetical scenario humans have discovered a new material that is decently expensive (not antimatter levels). Let's say it's slightly cheaper than gold. What properties would it need to have to ...
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Could a non-newtonian armor coupled with a dampening fabric stop bullets but not melee weapons and arrows/bolts? [duplicate]

In a futuristic setting, nations have invented a way to create armor just a bit heavier than cloth. This would be worn like chainmail and would be available widely. I am looking for a way to make this ...
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The need for melee troops

In a civilization I'm making, there are two separate groups of people - namely one with the ability to use technology (tech that runs on a chemical in the user's blood) and those without (a small ...
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Ninja versus the Alien Invasion! [closed]

What would make ninja valuable in defending humanity from an alien invasion? Imagine a scenario like that of XCOM (old or new), Xenonauts, Phoenix Point, or other various Alien Invasion stories: the ...
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Martial arts fighting style for my spellswords? [closed]

There is a kingdom in my world. Scholars of said kingdom discover Skycite: a crystal-like metal. Swords made with this material are indestructible and, with some training in magic, users can ...
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Modern soldiers carry axes instead of combat knives. Why?

In my alternative history story, taking place at the end of the 20th century, one country has an army with platoons of airborne scouts. But unlike modern special forces they don't use combat knives as ...
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What would be the most effective melee weapon against heavily armored opponent?

In my world front line assaults are done with Mechanized Assault Vehicles, or MAVs. They are kind of like the vehicles in the Mecha universe, but more armor than weapon, more humanoid, than purpose ...
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