Optional weapon bonuses versus armor class?

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garydee
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Optional weapon bonuses versus armor class?

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I saw this in the table of contents of the Adventurer's Backpack. What is it?

anvil242
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Re: Optional weapon bonuses versus armor class?

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this simulates different weapons types effectiveness against certain armor types. Piercing weapons are effective against chain mail, that sort of thing

garydee
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Re: Optional weapon bonuses versus armor class?

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Thanks!

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Captain_K
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Re: Optional weapon bonuses versus armor class?

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one more old DnD nod... but do we really want to slow combat more?
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anvil242
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Re: Optional weapon bonuses versus armor class?

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I tried it once, back in the days of 1st ed. It wasn't particularly difficult, but it was "one more thing" to track. Good for the simulationist, I suppose

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Re: Optional weapon bonuses versus armor class?

Post by serleran »

While the concept is fun to explore, I personally find that, when I want to do something like this, I tend toward tech level vs. tech level so that a stone age axe vs. a steel age plate armor gets a lower chance to score damage (-to hit) but a steel age axe vs. stone age hide gets a bonus... usually.

I use 6 tech levels and it tends to modify by +/- 1 for each 2 levels, to a max of + (or -) 3 at extremes. This gives a little wiggle room when something is "era near."

Special items, like a stone age axe of penetration would ignore tech level adjustments (or, probably, be treated as tech level 6, regardless.)

It also lets me give "expert" gear a slightly higher tech level, if desired which gives more options for what it means to be "expert crafted."

But, that's only when I feel up to it.

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