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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

I like chainmail bikinis!

Why yes, I think they are fantastic! I'm also easily annoyed by people saying they are unrealistic and "break the immersion". Guess what, 99% of the stuff you see in any D&D campaign is completely unrealistic. This includes the fact that your characters are allowed to run around with weapons and in armor while not being nobility. Unless one of the party is a noble of some type, every adventuring party would be jailed, and possibly tortured and executed, just for carrying a sword.

7 comments:

Tedankhamen said...

Nothing worse than someone playing a game about fantasy and magic but saying 'Such n such is tooootally unrealistic!'

Game. Fantasy. Which part didn't you get?

zornhau said...

Talking of "realism", that's a pretty poor "halfsword stance"; the young lady needs to turn both her hands 180 - normal grip for the right hand, hand on blade with thumb pointing towards the other hand. Plus that longsword's grip is way tooo short...

(Ducks and runs for cover)

Jason said...

I can see her boobies...



What? SOMEONE had to say it.

Maroon said...

"Unless one of the party is a noble of some type, every adventuring party would be jailed, and possibly tortured and executed, just for carrying a sword."

Or unless you're Vikings, and all free men are required to own weapons, and are permitted to carry them all the time. The past may be a foreign country, but it isn't all the same country.

I'm fine with metal underwear, as long as we can agree that it's ornamental, not practical.

William Dowie said...

@Maroon "The past may be a foreign country, but it isn't all the same country"- Amen to that, as a medievalist that has been one of my hardest points to drill into people, they just refuse to believe that the premodern world wasn't just one large homogeneous place. Even in the later middle ages, not everything applied everywhere across even just western Europe, or even all of a single modern nation. It's always about generalities when you talk about the past, the further in the past the more general you get, unless you are talking about a specific time and place.

Dan said...

If most fantasy games were set in a Viking land, I'd agree with you. However, most look a lot more like Britain, France, and Germany, which had very strict laws about noble weapons.

William Dowie said...

That's really generalizing about Britain, France and Germany there too, and I am not even sure it's really all that true. I know Britain (well, England & Scotland anyway) better than France or Germany (so many states!), but Anglo-Saxon England certainly required freemen to own and use arms. Post Norman conquest, I am sure there were some laws disarming people, but I couldn't quote them or anything and I don't think they really took given the endemic violence in England up through the entirety of the middle ages straight into the early modern period. Free Scots had a tradition of bearing arms up into the 18th century in the highlands.