Richard Wilkes wrote:
> I'd like to get the opinions of those on the list with regards to
> this feature request. Is anyone (other than my gaming group)
> actually using the separate 'Other Equipment' list? Would you prefer
> I merged the two and provided a checkbox for whether an item is being
> carried? If so, how should things work when a container and some or
> all of its contents don't have the same 'carried' state?
> Please take a look at <http://sourceforge.net/tracker/index.php?
> func=detail&aid=1678543&group_id=185516&atid=913592> prior to
I've tried to use the "carried" and "equipped" checkboxes without much
in the way of useful results. Among other things, I find I have to
"unequip" and "uncarry" everything else to get my correct parry to show
with a particular weapon (that is, if I'm carrying a crossbow, the sheet
doesn't show the parry for my staff). I'd prefer the "carried" and
"equipped" functionality, working correctly, over the "other equipment"
sheet, which requires some trickery to even make it appear.
That said, if I were playing certain types of characters (say, a
gadgeteer) in certain kinds of campaigns (going adventuring, but leaving
the Bat Cave at home, so to speak) with a high level of detail, the
"Other Equipment" would be useful to have, for equipment I *never* carry
around with me, but need to have a record of owning -- an oscilloscope,
say, or a synchrotron, without which certain tasks are just impossible,
but which you'd never, ever consider portable at, say, TL 6 or early 7.
For containers, the only sensible way is for the container to have a
"carried" state, but items actually inside it either inheriting the
container's state (the Object Oriented version) or their individual
states being ignored (the flat-file database version). That way, if I
want to drop a backpack to lighten myself for combat, I don't have to go
through and uncheck a long list of items *in* the pack, but they all
drop (correcting Move and Dodge) with a single click on the container.
After you use everything you know and can find out to make what you're
certain is the right decision, and it's too late to change things or
back out -- you'll find out something that would have reversed the whole
thing for you, if you'd only known in time.
Donald Qualls, aka The Silent Observer http://silent1.home.netcom.com
Opinions expressed are my own -- take them for what they're worth
and don't expect them to be perfect.