Friday, February 10, 2012

Wessex weapons in AD&D

The three stupidest, ugliest, pain-in-the-assiest charts in the 1st edition Players Handbook are found on pages 37 and 38.  These are the Weight and Damage By Weapon Type chart and the two Weapon Type, General Data, and "To Hit" Adjustments charts.  Go look if you have a copy.  Of course, if you have a copy you probably know exactly what we're talking about.  We're talking about the friggin' speed factor/weapon-versus-AC chart.

Since AD&D1 is on a lot of minds lately, what with the forthcoming reprints and all, I thought I'd try chopping these charts down by only using weapons and armor that actually appear in my campaign.  The results seem a lot more manageable.

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The lesson here might be that with a game as big as D&D one way of getting a handle on it is to cut it down to size.  You can do this same sort of thing with monsters and treasures, too.  I talked a bit about that a while back.