Saturday, July 9, 2011
A table that comes as the result of considerable research, I can promise; and still I'm certain that many a gentle reader will disagree with virtually ever number quoted. That's as may be ... there are so many dimensions given for so many different bows and crossbows in existence, I doubt very much there was ever a standard. But where there isn't a standard, make one.
The silvered arrow head is 10% the weight of the total arrow's head - and still it doubles the price of the arrow. The reader will please take note that the arrow costs more than the shaft and head combined - it is the additional cost to assemble the arrow. If the character has a fletcher's background, they might save some money.
The composite bow is the only kind of bow, long or short, that I sell, since virtually any other sort of bow had ceased to be in production by the 17th century. No doubt someone could make their own, but it wouldn't have the range or accuracy (I'm guessing, there might be an argument the player could offer to prove me wrong).
Normally my weapons break on a 1 in 6. I am considering making a rule for crossbows and bows where instead of a 6-sided I'll incorporate a 12-sided. The bow or crossbow itself still breaks on a 1, but the string breaks on a 2 or 3. The breakage rate overall would increase from 16.67% to 25%, and that might be a problem; after some testing, it might be useful to try some other ratios to bring it into a comfort zone for the players.
At any rate, for the crossbow at least, if the weapon breaks, it would be the stock, the mechanism or the 'prod', which is the forward part of the weapon; if either stock or mechanism, the player could replace just the broken part and, if put together by someone else, for just a small price.
But then, in Transylvania at least, bows and crossbows are fairly cheap. So much wood in the area is the reason. Wood is quite cheap throughout Europe.
That would be it. I'm having a running this evening, so I probably won't have time to post another table. Looking at my list, the Furniture Maker is next, and that's all wood - I don't know if the reader remembers, I began the restructuring of the tables because the wood-calculations were problematic. I know I won't enjoy the next bit.
But I'm smiling just the same.