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#1 rrchristensen

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Posted 05 February 2017 - 10:26 AM

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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.


#2 Fiann of the Silver Hand

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Posted 05 February 2017 - 08:20 PM

I would say that calling a javelin 2-handed by default (or ever) would pretty much invalidate that source's credibility, and therefore free you from the rules' artificial constraints.


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#3 rrchristensen

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Posted 06 February 2017 - 12:54 AM

Nah, I was just trying to build precedence for spears being one-handed in PnP and show the damage and speed factor relevant to implementing it in BG. Javelins are not on the table here.



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Posted 06 February 2017 - 12:47 PM

Here's what the AD&D 2nd ed. Arms and Equipment Guide had to say about spears, in part. 


Indeed, and while it is very difficult, if not impossible, to actually have 1-handed spears in the game, this is why my mod sets spears to what they actually are per the Arms & Equipment Guide and the Complete Fighter's Handbook: "long spears" that are 2-handed and do 1d8+1 base damage.

I believe the EEs, at least, actually include an animation for thrown javelins. Some mod added them once, a couple years ago. I wonder if you couldn't just set the range to very low and code it as a melee weapon, if the animation wouldn't work to simulate 1-handed melee use. But it probably wouldn't work, and I lack the time and expertise to play with it to find out...

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#5 Jarno Mikkola

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Posted 06 February 2017 - 10:12 PM

I believe the EEs, at least, actually include an animation for thrown javelins. Some mod added them once,

Which mod ? A message like that is very annoying unless you actually give a link to the mod.

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 10:22 AM

S3 Javelins



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Posted 08 February 2017 - 03:44 AM

S3 Javelins

It doesn't.... it uses existing projectile animation, which can't really be used at melee, as it doesn't project a thing.

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#8 bob_veng

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Posted 08 February 2017 - 06:24 AM

i haven't tried it. so no animation of spear throwing? just an arm motion like with darts?


Edited by bob_veng, 08 February 2017 - 06:25 AM.


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Posted 09 February 2017 - 01:22 PM

I think Chimeric might have tried it out (along with other good ideas, like 2-handed morning stars) and something happens like, the spear diasappears right at the moment of striking the enemy.  Which is just too visually jarring for me to take up the cause and put it in my mod.


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