So Dozer and Smigg have a bond with Gunnbjorne which states that while in his control range, D&S gain boosted blast damage rolls. If a shot from their Bombard directly hits, is the damage roll auto boosted from the bond? What I'm not clear on is if a direct hit with an AOE weapon is considered blast damage.

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Blast damage are half-strength or half pow attacks. A Direct Hit of any AOE weapon is "normal" damage, everything else in the AOE suffer blast damage.

Thus the target directly hit suffer an unboosted hit. That might seems counter-intuitive but it's basically (even unboosted) always strictly superior in term of damage, except for very very low damage attacks/weapons.

Source : Blast Damage rules in the little handbook (in my printed version it's around page 57)

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    That's what I expected, I just wanted to make sure the direct hit of an AOE attack wasn't also considered blast damage.
    – Mark
    Jun 19, 2017 at 15:27
  • It's kind of a confusing rule, so it's no trouble! Have fun blasting everything!
    – LamaDelRay
    Jun 20, 2017 at 7:38

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