[Runequest] ***SPAM*** Weapon Damages - technical question

Chris Gilmore strobus at sympatico.ca
Sun Dec 6 09:34:14 EST 2009

Here's a technical question for all you who have some experience with this:

The damages listed in the RQ3 book are 1D8+1 for a short spear and 1D10+1 
for a long spear. Is this because the long spear is assumed to have a larger 
head? The damage listed for a 2H short spear is still 1D8+1, so it seems 
that leverage wouldn't have much to do with it.

Also, a dagger does 1D4+2, significantly less damage than a long spear

Other than the length of the shaft providing some additional leverage, why 
would these threee thrusting weapons with (presumably) similar sized blades 
be so different from one another in terms of damage?

The reason I'm asking is because of a project I'm working on. I don't have 
any fighting experience myself, so perhaps there's some nuance I'm missing.



----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tony Den" <postmaster at runequest.za.org>
To: "RuneQuest Rules" <runequest at rpgreview.net>
Sent: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 4:40 AM
Subject: Re: [Runequest] ***SPAM*** Armour weight/enc

> Pete Nash wrote:
>> And here's another text, which although underplaying the protective value
>> of
>> sheet bronze, shows an example of a battle damaged bronze helmet about
>> 2/3rds of the way through the article... which shows (at least to me) 
>> that
>> despite denting, the thin bronze definitely prevented penetration from
>> edged
>> weapons.  Considering the movement of opponents during normal combat and
>> inherent deflection angles of curved surfaces, bronze armour was very
>> functional.
>> http://www.ffzg.hr/arheo/ska/tekstovi/tale_sword.PDF
> Wasn't one of the major advantages the famed 300 spartans had was that a
> lare number of the persians they faced had wicker shields and/or armour
> whereas the hoplites had bronze?
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