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(TFT) Holding spears and holding scrolls
Those of you who know, is it possible to use a spear two-handed and still
use/hold a shield? If I played live-action (with padded weapons), I would
use a shield and a 5 ft spear this way. Hold the spear in right hand, have
shield strapped to left arm with left wrist through the second strap and
hand holding spear. It may not be as accurate, and while doing it the
shield would only be partially useful. But in a charge where I'm going to
be dropping the spear after the rush, I'll have my shield to protect while
bringing out my mace.
Also, it seems to me that the same idea could be applied to a magic user
reading a scroll. He's got a rapier (or torch, etc) in his right hand,
holding the curled scroll in his left hand. He now takes his right hand
(with rapier) and catches the bottom of the scroll and uncurls it. He reads
scroll. The magic comes out of the scroll (or whereever and does its thing.
Why the moratorium on holding things while reading a scroll?
From: Nils K Hammer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: (TFT) Re: TFT Digest V1 #321
Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2000 16:21:52 -0500 (EST)
The pilae are carried in the shield hand, and thrown before contact
with the enemy. I figured that carrying excess weapons gave you a
minus, just like the (gurps?) rule about pilae stuck in your shield.
This is unimportant, since as soon as they are thrown or dropped, you
are free of the minus.
I have also seen people in live action games hold thier axe in the
shield hand and take it after throwing a spear. This is much faster
than drawing a weapon.
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