Friday, June 24, 2011

Am I missing something?

Now I've seen that in my feed there have been a very intense conversation going on in the blogosphere about shields. But why? After skimming those post I don't understand what all the hubbub is all about. Am I missing something?

7 comments:

  1. My take is that there are several people who think shields are underrated and there are some people who take umbrage at the idea, either in defense of the rules as they stand or because they find the alternatives "unrealistic" or because they think shields are not overrated. I guess it's one of those things where no-one really knows but we still have strong opinions!

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  2. That's a pretty accurate analysis.

    Feels a little like a Seinfeld episode.

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  3. Compared to how important shields were historically to a warrior's armor, shields in many games, especially D&D, are underrated. This often causes them to be under-used, with warriors preferring to keep a hand free for something else, or use a two-handed weapon in situations where their historical counterparts rarely did. Is this a big problem? Probably not. Is it worth spending a blog post or two kicking around alternatives for something easy to implement that won't break the game? Sure, why not?

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  4. Thanks for the summary, I guess I must have missed when it started, since the posts I saw seemed to be in response to something.

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  5. Frankly, after that huge spat about moral outrage and censorship, I find a debate over a minor game mechanic to be quite refreshing.

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  6. Oh, I agree. That last spat just made me even more that alignment have damaged people's brains. It was wrong from the start even when you had all the cards on the table.

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  7. I've never understood the hubbub. Shields give you 1 (or 2 in D20 based on size) extra AC point, and really improve once you get magic ones.

    That's something to debate? Sure its not maybe accurate to what real combat is like but no edition of D&D is accurate.

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