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Old March 18, 2015, 20:50   #1
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Are (non-unique) shields ever worth it?

Are shields ever really worth it? Since there is no block mechanic, all a shield does is add a measly amount of AC. This hardly seems worth the trade off versus 2h-ing or specializing in dual wield. I could see a shield of reflection, or of resist, or a unique being a good alternative to get some extra stats, but what about in early game?

Also, I'm surprised I haven't seen any variants with a shield based class, or more involved block mechanics.

What are people's thoughts on shields?
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Old March 18, 2015, 20:57   #2
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Um, I'm guessing you aren't actually talking about Vanilla; are you playing PosChengband?

In Vanilla, shields of Resistance or Elvenkind often come in handy, and there's no dual-wielding or option to wield your weapon with two hands.
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Old March 18, 2015, 21:01   #3
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Oh whoops, guess I'll move this post to the variants forum.
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Old March 18, 2015, 21:10   #4
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Also, I'm surprised I haven't seen any variants with a shield based class, or more involved block mechanics.

What are people's thoughts on shields?
O/FA have shield bashing, where the player sometimes gets a shield bash in melee, depending on stuff like class, stats and weight of shield. Also Neoband has a Shieldmaiden class, although I don't know what they actually do with shields.

IIRC Sil does stuff with shields too.
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Neoband has a Shieldmaiden class, although I don't know what they actually do with shields.
It's probably best not to ask - you know how maidens are...
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As far as Vanilla shields go, I find Shields of Preservation quite useful and am (was before ego squelching in 4.0, at least once bugs are worked out) chagrined that they aren't classified "Splendid".
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It's probably best not to ask - you know how maidens are...
All black and brown and covered in hair?
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Also, I'm surprised I haven't seen any variants with a shield based class, or more involved block mechanics.
Poschengband's Weapon Master can focus on shields, gaining a shield bash, the ability to treat their weapon as two-handed while using a shield, reflection, large melee damage reduction, and activated invulnerability.
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Old March 20, 2015, 16:57   #9
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Poschengband's Weapon Master can focus on shields, gaining a shield bash, the ability to treat their weapon as two-handed while using a shield, reflection, large melee damage reduction, and activated invulnerability.
Wow that sounds awesome, I'll give it a try!
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