January 31, 2018

Siegeball - Equipment

Rules
We're up to five siegeball articles, and it's time to get back to hard-and-fast rules. This time: nonmagical siegeball equipment. (Yes, archetypes are coming as well -- hold your horses.)
     If you want to see all the articles so far, check here.

Siegeball Equipment

Armor

Because siegeball is a full-contact sport, most athletes rely on sturdy, dependable gear to achieve a long career. The specifics of siegeball gear may vary, but all are designed from the same framework as conventional armor, fitting hardened leather and metal plates strategically to mitigate impact. Chiefly, however, siegeball gear places in importance on mobility, and so tends to be lighter and more flexible van contemporary armor, if not less protective.

Armor
NameCostArmor Class (AC)Stength StealthWeight
Light Armor
Siegeball Gear25 gp 12 + Dexterity modifier--12 lb.
Medium Armor
Padded Siegeball Gear 50 gp14 + Dexterity modifier (max 2 )--18 lb.
Heavy Armor
Spiked Gear75 gp16Str 13Disadvantage 35 lb.

Armor Descriptions
     Siegeball Gear. This set of leather equipment, which includes a padded helmet, sturdy gloves, elbow and kneepads, and a few protective guards, is standard attire for most siegeball players. It balances light weight and flexibility with some impact resistance, but does little to protect an athlete from twisted or overextended joints.
     Spiked Gear. Festooned with iron spikes on its shoulder pads, helmets, and kneepads, this siegeball gear is lethal in its own right, and is used only in underground arenas. When you tackle or are tackled by another creature while wearing this armor, you deal piercing damage equal to your Strength modifier to that creature.
     Padded Siegeball Gear. With greater padding and armored plates protecting the most vital areas, this version of siegeball armor trades portability for protection. Heftier players, who are more effective using their bodies as battering rams, are likely to appreciate the extra protection.

Weapons

One of siegeball's biggest attractions is the bewildering variety of weapons used across the game. Some variants of the game allow all manner of lethal weapons, which increases this variety (as well as the danger posed to players) tenfold. But even in regulated games, where the types of weapons are more strictly controlled, siegeball allows for multiple weapon types, selected from the following options.

Weapons
NameCostDamageWeightProperties
Simple Weapons
Siege Baton 1 gp1d4 bludgeoning2 lb.Finesse, light
Siege Bat2 gp1d8 bludgeoning3 lb.-
Martial Weapon
Siege Club6 gp1d12 bludgeoning6 lb.Heavy, two-handed
Other
Spiked Ball2 gp-4 lb.Special

Weapon Descriptions
The following weapons are used almost exclusively in games of siegeball.
     Siege Baton. A three-foot long cylindrical bat with a short, padded handle, the siege baton is the lightest weapon allowed in most siegeball games. It is normally favored by those dexterous enough to effectively brandish one in each hand, allowing them to use both batons to strike the ball at once, or to strike the ball twice as often, allowing for greater maneuverability across the arena.
     Siege Bat. A cylindrical club exceeding four feet in length, with an impressive heft, the siege bat is the standard weapon used in siegeball games. Most tournaments have adopted standard rules as to a bat's composition, weight, and length, with the mass and balance of a bat. Usually, in compliance with these rules, a siege bat's weight and balance is augmented by a lead mass installed near its far end, where the bat is also thicker and reinforced by an iron band.
     Siege Club. A weapon only for the stoutest of athletes, the siege club is a two-handed club of immense size and weight. Designed with a wedge-shape for both a wide blocking and striking surface, almost all siege clubs are built with a lead core running their length to increase their heft. Even with a series of iron bands reinforcing it, siege clubs are known to smash mid-game under the force of intense strikes and powerful blocks.
     Spiked Ball. Though it is less a weapon, and more a piece of game equipment, the spiked ball can be lethal all the same. Its surface is covered in broad half-inch long metal studs that tear up the turf and break bones on impact.

Special Property
The spiked siegeball has the following special property:
     Spiked Ball. The spiked siegeball deals double damage to creatures it hits.

11 comments:

  1. For anyone unaware, the PDF has been updated to include the Equipment.

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  2. Siegebat: Maybe should be a 1d6-1d8 versatile typing, as a simple weapon?

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  3. ...I fail to see how a 3 foot long stick is light and finesse. But whatever, it's siegeball, it's rule-of-cool.

    Now we're only missing magic items, subclasses, sample teams, special arenas with traps and hazards, designated spells, a background, mounted siegeball rules, feats, and a siegeball campaign module.

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    1. A _lot_ of that is in my outline for the eventual siegeball book. Not the mounted rules or campaign module, though I was planning on including a sample tournament and a bunch of battlemaps for weird, interesting arenas.

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    2. Wait... Seigeball based subclasses? Hecc to the Yes!

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  4. I might be missing something or my phone isnt displaying it so forgive mr if this is wildly off

    Spiked seigeball doesnt indicate its damage. Its special property says it does double damage, but double what? It may be in the first pdf and i havnt seen it. But it does seem a little unclear.

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    1. The siegeball is a pretty integral part of the game. It deals damage based on how hard it was hit and how far it has traveled. Check out the original siegeball rules for more details.

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  5. Baseballbarian
    Equipment
    Bat
    Ball
    Yee

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  6. Thank y’all for making a 1d12 bludgeoning weapon. At last my blunt force barbarian will be complete.

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