Weapon Roundtime Research
Since the old formula was out of date, I've decided to do some research to get some current data. To accomplish this, I've crafted up a variety of weapons intending to check out roundtimes on each one for individuals with various strength, agility and skill levels. I've got several characters on the low end (20-30 str/agi), and have already found someone on the high end (75 str/agi), but I need people in the in-between. If you're interested in helping me figure it out, please drop me a line at KashnaDR via AIM. Once I have sufficient data to produce something worthwhile I'll post the results here.
First recognition: The current chart that indicates minimum possible roundtimes is accurate. With 75 str/agi one achieves 2/4/5 with twohanders, 2/4/4 with large edge/blunt, and 1/3/3 with medium & small edge/blunt. ...with an occasional 2-second lunge/thrust for the light varieties. As such, I'm removing the "out-of-date" notice from the article.
That said, I would still like assistance in figuring out the breakpoints for reduced roundtimes in the ranges of 35-70 strength. Please contact me if you're willing to assist in the research!
For those curious, here's a list of the weapons in question:
|Weapon Class||Actual Weapon||Weight in Stones||Why Included|
|Light Edge||Stiletto||10||very light LE|
|Light Edge||Katar||15||average LE|
|Light Edge||Dao||21||heavy LE|
|Light Blunt||Bludgeon||21||to compare blunt edged RTs|
|Medium Edge||Foil||21||to compare ME/LE + light ME|
|Medium Edged||Gladius||26||typical entry-level ME|
|Medium Edged||Cutlass||31||heavy ME|
|Medium Blunt||Mace||40||typical MB (and heavy medium weapon)|
|Heavy Edged||Broadsword||27||light HE|
|Heavy Edged||Abassi||40||average HE|
|Heavy Edged||Robe Sword||50||heavy HE|
|Heavy Blunt||Heavy Chain||45||average HB|
|Twohanded Blunt||Sledgehammer||50||typical entry-level twohanded weight|
|Twohanded Blunt||Footman's Flail||65||average twohanded weight|
|Twohanded Edged||Claymore||58||average twohanded weight|
|Twohanded Edged||Greatsword||90||heavy twohander|