Lacking Natural Simplicity

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Savage Worlds Adventure Edition Fixes Spears

One of the things that I like about Savage Worlds Adventure Edition (SWADE) is that it fixed spears so that you can use them one-handed, but only get bonus to parry if you use both hands. In Savage Worlds Deluxe Edition (SWD) and earlier editions spears could only be used two-handed.

Edition

Type

Damage

Notes

SWD

Spear

Str+d6

Parry +1, Reach 1, 2 hands

SWADE

Spear

Str+d6

Reach 1. Parry +1 if used two-handed

This allows the historical “Spear and Shield” combat style. See Lindybeige for why this matters.

Maybe something similar should have been done with Staff as well, changing it so it can be used one-handed but losing the “Parry +1” in that case. Maybe not, since a staff depends on strength for more of its damage than the mostly piercing spear.

Last edited: 2020-07-07 20:16:14 EDT

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