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?


  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.

  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).