Day 4 - Weapon.
Today, I'm going to take a slightly different approach to this topic.
In roleplaying games, physical combat is a way of life as it is the main source of conflict that players usually have to deal with. And in physical combat, the player characters and their antagonists will be using weapons more often than not. This could be a pulse laser in a science fiction rpg, .45 pistol in a horror rpg, or a broadsword in a fantasy rpg. However, using fantasy rpgs as our base of conversation here, actual weapons such as we've mentioned are not the only things that can be used as weapons when the need arises. There are a lot of different items that could be used as weapons. Sure there are typical weapons like daggers, swords, maces, quarterstaves, and the like - but there are also everyday things like torches, kitchen knives, the leg of a wooden table, a broken bottle, and so forth. And then there are the...unconventional...items that a player might use as a weapon. My favourite weapon of opportunity in this regard has to be - a wagon axle!
I kid you not. In a game session of the DragonQuest RPG back in the mid-1990s, if I remember correctly, one of my players, Tammy Powers, was playing a female Lithmern (one of the cultures of the nation of Lyra that I was using as a campaign background) silversmith who was pretty strong. The player characters fell into a trap when they spotted a wagon that had been attacked by bandits (I think they were goblins, orcs, or perhaps dark elves, but can't remember), and when the characters stopped to see if there were any survivors, the bad guys attacked the characters from ambush. Attacked by multiple foes, Tammy's character grabbed the nearest largest object, the once front axle of the trashed wagon, and attacked her foes with it! She swung it around herself to give herself a bit of space, and then used it to attack her foes, taking three of them out with it. When their enemies realized they were outmatched by the party, they started to flee - and Tammy's character *threw* the axle like a spear, taking down another of their foes as they fled! Just great stuff.
And there you have it, my thoughts on this fourth day of #RPGaDay for August, 2021.
Comments, thoughts, questions, etc. are all welcome, of course. :)