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Equipment Duration Rules!

Although most campaigns don’t bother with damaged equipment and duration, it can be interesting to do this.

It can give the chance to spend the precious money earned in the adventures, it can also remark the importance of good quality equipment, or of dwarven craftsmanship. It can cement the friendship with a cranky blacksmith NPC. It can also enhance the importance of minor properties of magic items, and give a few moments of desperation when a sword suddenly breaks in the middle of a fight.

If you want know how much damage a piece of equipment can take before being destroyed, and how to repair damaged armor (without the PCs necessarily having to do so themselves), you can use the these rules.

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TBeholder C October 18, 2017 9:22 pm UTC
The obvious correction: "…After every fight _in which the equipment was used to attempt or block attacks_, all the equipment suffers…" because otherwise it degrades in backpack, which is silly.
Also, if it's negative or positive, perhaps it's better to call it not bonus, but adjustment?
Otherwise, looks fairly good (which is as good as it can get with equipment damage rules for pen&paper, due to contradictory requirements).
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Esteban R October 20, 2017 9:43 pm UTC
Thank you for the reply. The way it works isn't a failure or a misspelling, but a conscious decision. Of course you can rule the other way, but equipment degradation is counted per battle for an easier upkeeping reason (it is easier to count battles than other environmental effects). It is assumed that every piece of equipment receives "enviromental" damage as well, perhaps even more so than in combat (adventuring includes a lot of danger), like being exposed to rain, climbs and falls. Also, it isn't very convenient to fight with the backpack, but you can't properly get out of it without letting it fall to the ground. Every piece of equipment receives damage for this reasons.
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