As you know, Tweaks Anthology already offers the option of wielding axes, katanas, and bastard swords singlehandedly or with two hands.
Here's an idea: How about the option of wielding spears single-handedly? This would allow spear wielders to use shields, would fit very well with classical uses of the spear in Ancient Greece and Rome, and would give my characters a chance to yell "THIS IS BEREGOOOST! TONIGHT WE DINE IN THE NINE HELLS!" Also note the awesome spear-and-shield guy in Game of Thrones, the slave, Grey Worm? Total badass. Would love to emulate him.
EDIT: Ah, I just realized that this is actually a rather large request due to the lack of one-handed spear animations. Katanas and bastard swords were doable with two-handed sword animations; axes with halberd animations; but the spear is a sticking point (ehehe). Is this is even doable from an animations standpoint?
EDIT2: Ahah, having googled my very original idea, I see it is not original. Others have discussed this before. Oh well. Still, if it's possible, you guys are the guys who can do this.
Here's what the AD&D 2nd ed. Arms and Equipment Guide had to say about spears, in part.
"Spear shafts are usually made from yew or ash, since these woods are both flexible and strong. The shafts range five to eleven feet in length. In melee, spears may be used either one or two handed, with more damage inflicted if used in the latter mode. [...]"
Weight Speed Damage
Item Cost (lbs) Size Type Factor S-M L
Spear -- -- -- -- -- -- --
One-handed 8 sp 5 M P 6 1d6 1d8
Two-handed 8 sp 5 M P 6 1d8+1 2d6
The AD&D 2nd ed. Complete Fighter's Handbook (approx. p. 131) goes into more detail, and the most important point here is the assumption that spears are one-handed but can be wielded two-handedly, too:
"As you can see, five weapons fall into the One-Handed Or Two-Handed category: The Bastard Sword, and four spear-like weapons (Harpoon, Javelin, Spear, Trident). In the Player's Handbook, it's presumed that you're fighting with Spear one-handed, and with Harpoon, Javelin, and Trident two-handed. (This is because Spear is a Medium weapon and the others are Large.) However, in The Complete Fighter's Handbook, any of these weapons can be used either in one hand or in both. But they can also be wielded two-handed, and do even more damage when they are. [...]"
Edited by rrchristensen, 05 February 2017 - 12:04 PM.