Friday, August 24, 2012

Another Perspective on the Lightly Armored Fighter

Eric Treasure at The Dragon's Flagon discusses the lightly armed adventurer and the perceived need to make the maille-clad warrior and the swashbuckler 'equal' under the combat rules of many roleplaying games.

Indirectly, the question posed by the knight and the swashbuckler is, should characters in a roleplaying game be balanced to one another, and if so, to what degree? It's a question which generates a strong opinions, in my experience, regardless of the answer.

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  1. This whole issue is a really only a problem if a certain level of "realism" is insisted upon. If one wants a game of lightly armored barbarians are a match for plate armored warriors that's easy enough to do--though it's in D&D and its variants its not the default assumption and takes a bit of overhauling.

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    1. That was really the point of my own post on the lightly armored fighter recently, that there are ways of handling it which work well with D&D's core assumptions and ways that don't.

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  2. And thus is the spike in my traffic explained. Thanks for the mention!

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  3. I'm no historian but it seems the "heavily armored warrior" is not all that common thru the ages. Although I guess "heavily" is subjective.

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    1. Good point - D&D tends to build its core assumptions around a period when armor was exceptionally, by historical reckoning, complex and extensive.

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