I just read under Goblins that they get a +1 size bonus on attack rolls, then went and looked it up. Can anyone explain why they get that? I knew about a damage bonus for being huge (hitting harder), and the AC bonus for being small (harder to hit), but where does the attack roll bonus come from? I find it hard to imagine a 3 feet creature being able to properly attack a normal sized being at all, let alone better than a medium sized humanoid. Is there a logic here that I'm missing or is this just for balance purposes?
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The AC bonus basically balances out the attack bonus. So small creatures attacking each other have a neutral relative AC.
This is a great line, but there are some things to remember here:
The basic idea is that a smaller thing sees the majority of things as bigger targets. As size bonuses are constants rather than proportionate (i.e. creatures of Small size all get the same bonuses from being Small size) to speed play, and most of the universe's targets are Medium, Small creatures gain that +1 bonus to attack rolls. The bonus to attack rolls continues to increase as the creature becomes smaller and becomes a penalty as the creature becomes larger.
It leads to some weird results though.