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Old June 2, 2018, 10:14   #101
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OK, I have another stupid question:

Why does a quarterstaff weigh 15 lbs. in Angband? In reality they're between two and five pounds on average.
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Old June 2, 2018, 11:49   #102
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OK, I have another stupid question:

Why does a quarterstaff weigh 15 lbs. in Angband? In reality they're between two and five pounds on average.
This is an old one, coming up every now and then. I dont really know, but my speculation is that whoever first made the game took the carrying capacity values right out of the d&d players handbook where str rises to ridiculous heights and carrying capacity follows suit. If that is so, 15 lbs would be a compromise between realistic weights and the fraction of carrying capacity that makes for a realistic amount of quarterstaves carried.
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Old June 2, 2018, 13:55   #103
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The way D&D weapon weights were explained to me was that it was a compromise between weapon weight and unwieldiness. So the quarterstaff is considered unwieldy enough to give it a weight penalty for combat purposes. Of course, that makes no sense from the point of view of how many you can lug around.

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The way D&D weapon weights were explained to me was that it was a compromise between weapon weight and unwieldiness. So the quarterstaff is considered unwieldy enough to give it a weight penalty for combat purposes. Of course, that makes no sense from the point of view of how many you can lug around.
Everything's changed in 5e. Quarterstaff now weighs 4 lbs. Encumbrance rules have been reworked as well, but I've literally never played in a game where encumbrance was even used, probably because the old rules were so bad that people gave up on them and can't be arsed to learn the new ones.
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