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Ancient Armoury

Do you ever wanted to play an ancient greek elf? Your world is a low tech one but you have no clue how to make the equipment on your own? Do you want to flesh out your Dark Suns or Old Empires in Forgotten Realms campaign? Good news! I did it for you!

Here you will find a comprehensive list of ancient armors and weapons, as well as their descriptions and a few optional rules to complete the "Ancient World" experience: the Armor Types versus Damage rule and the Thick Hide rule for monsters.

Every piece of equipment is based on a real world one, and their weight and protective value were thoroughly researched, although a bit tweaked to easen the play. Almost every piece of equipment here comes mainly from the late Bronze Age and early Iron Age period, and the weapons already present in the PHB got tweaked a bit to better reflect the tech level of the weapons.

This little work is based on the Argentinian Fralia setting, but it can be used for anyone who wants to add ancient themes to their campaigns.

*The PDF is printer friendly, and it has actually 9 pages, but the second one is blank so to print the cover easily. 

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Noah M March 28, 2017 12:23 am UTC
something worth noting is that longbows have been around a lot longer then you think, atleast since the paleolithic age atleast in Europe, infact it is believed one of the oldest longbows in existence was found on Otzi a rather famous cavemen who was found frozen in the swiss alps, with this information what would a appropriate price change be?
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Esteban R March 29, 2017 5:39 pm UTC
I wasn't sure about that, so I didn't include the longbow, but it is an easy fix. I would mantain a high price, in pair with the composite bow or even more, though, to "encourage" the use of shortbows a little more than usual (about 750 sp would suffice).

Note that I use silver pieces as money to "inflate" the prices and give a sensation of expensiveness, but it isn't too much in D&D actual money (75 gp, a 150% of its cost).
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Noah M July 13, 2017 3:36 am UTC
i disgree with that they were actually pretty common hunting weapons especially in the British isles
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Esteban R July 23, 2017 1:09 am UTC
I don't really know that much about the British isles, since I'm not anywhere near of them. I'm basing my weapons on the Mediterranean bronze age with a few add-ons of the pre-columbine America (the bolas, EG), which doesn't have seen that much use of longbows, instead using shortbows and slings. As for all I've seen, pretty much it circumscribes on the Germanic world (Ötzi used a longbow, Welsh and English too, and maybe Denmark), being absent mentions almost everywhere else, even in well-developed lands as Middle-East or Greece. That qualifies as exotic to me, unless you are in a highly celtic or norse campaign, which this article doesn't particularly supports. With that said, you can introduce them without problems if you want to. They are in the PHB, after all.
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Esteban R January 03, 2017 2:38 am UTC
Thanks to everyone for the kind words and the downloads!
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David C December 25, 2016 6:37 am UTC
Been running a Bronze Age tech level game for a year or so and have been limping along with some tweaks to the standard D&D equipment list. This suplement is great and just helps to add depth and flavor to the setting!
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Esteban R December 26, 2016 3:07 pm UTC
Thanks a lot, seriously. It has been a long research, but I think it pays off. If you know some Spanish, you can visit our site: It's a shared world from an Argentinian RPG community. Thank you again!
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Esteban R December 15, 2016 7:36 pm UTC
Ahora una versión en castellano para aquellos que prefieran hablar en este maravilloso idioma :)
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Nicasio O December 14, 2016 8:11 pm UTC
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Adrian V December 14, 2016 7:15 pm UTC
An excellent addition to any campaign that is not based on Medieval Europe and takes place in low-tech environments, such as the Bronze Age. I'm already expecting to play with a half-orc paladin in Dendra's panoply!
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Nicolas A December 14, 2016 6:47 pm UTC
Bien ahi
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Esteban R December 14, 2016 6:48 pm UTC
Gracias, macho!
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