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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The Torch As Shield

The topic of using a torch as a shield was raised on one forum. My answer was pretty simple, and based on my unified approach to attack and defense bonuses. I figured I'd reproduce it here. I'd allow a torch to be used for straight-up parries. Wielding a torch defensively in one hand is just like having a shield, although it would offer no protection against missiles.

An attacker with a weapon knocks the torch out of the torch-bearer's hand on a 5+; if the attacker's weapon is edged, the torch is cut in half instead.

A natural attack (punch, kick, claw strike) against a torch-wielder runs a risk of getting burned (5+ on 1d6, causes 1 point of damage.) Loose clothing and some other materials on an attacker's arm catch fire on a 5+.

Sweeping the torch in an arc around you can be used in place of an attack to provoke morale checks in animals.


  1. Interesting idea. You could use the torch as a dual weapon (does 1d4 damage as per B/X D&D). I like the idea of the sweeping torch provoking morale checks. Thanks!

  2. Ditto on the morale check. It's one of those forehead-smacking "Why didn't I think of that?" ideas.

  3. Indeed. Nobody likes to get burned, animals least of all.

  4. Just another guy loving the moral check idea.

  5. I should point out that I can't claim credit for the morale check, only for the idea of replacing an attack with an action that provokes the morale check.