Post by plethon on Aug 3, 2021 21:01:46 GMT -6
Not sure if this has been discussed before (searching "suit armor" doesn't really narrow things down) so I figured I'd make a thread.
In the Rules Cyclopedia, there is an armor type which is one step above Plate mail called "Suit Armor," described thus (page 68):
Suit Armor: Suit armor is the type of armor associated with the mounted knights of high romance. It encloses the wearer completely in a sheath of steel. with chain-link joints to permit movement. It is often called plate armor (which is different than plate mail), full plate, gothic armor, or jousting armor. However, suit armor is more like the plate armor made during the last days of armor-making. The arrival of gunpowder forced armor-makers to thicken the armor made, which rendered it too heavy and clumsy and impractical for use, leading to the abandonment of making armor. In the game, the presence of magic has had almost the same effect of suit armor[...]
It goes on to describe the mechanical benefits and penalties, which include some pretty serious negatives to movement, needing to roll to stand up from prone, loud clanks and creaking which alert monsters, a penalty to your own surprise rolls if you are alone, and a -5 penalty to bows (crossbows unaffected)
It costs 250gp and has an AC of 0. Additionally, it reduces damage from all area of affect attacks and breath attacks by one point per d6 of damage, and magical suit armor also adds its bonus to this reduction (- 1 per die of damage).
None of the players in my current BECMI game have bought this, so I have yet to deal with the mechanics of it.
Do any of you have experience with Suit armor in your games? It seems charming and even a bit slapstick with the inability to stand from prone and the creaks and clanks, which are qualities I enjoy. There's a bit about using a rope and a pulley to hoist your party member in Suit armor onto their horse. I don't think it's very realistic, in the sense that the movement restrictions and so forth are a bit exaggerated, but I kind of like it more because of this.