Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Just a quick thought

I don't know why some people treat THAC0 like it's quantum physics. Ditto the descending Armor Class scale. I understood and used these concepts when I was in the fifth grade. Even if THAC0 is beyond you, you can surely follow the old attack matricies, right?

2 comments:

  1. I agree. I don't understand the confusion. They're both simple as pie. The matrices were easily understood by preteens back in the day (I was one of them), and we even tinkered and made a house rule THAC0 version on our own before 2e D&D. Converting the matrices to an attack formula was also a common house rule being passed between play groups back in the early 80's.

    This sort of homebrewing was encouraged more back then, and helped players think outside the box.

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  2. Yeah, the one tricky bit is with the repeating 20s on the matrices in 1st edition AD&D (a subtlety I think 2E dropped).

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