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First, shields don’t give deflection bonuses. They give shield bonuses. The difference is not so important for discussing flat-footed targets, but touch attacks ignore shield bonuses (and don’t ignore deflection bonuses), so the difference is pretty important when someone is trying to touch someone else. Second, abstraction is a major part of the game. Both ...


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I'll address a few issues separately. Deflection bonusses Shields don't give these. They count to your AC while flat-footed because they are generated by magical effects and serve as a sort of always-on defensive barrier around your character. When someone swings a sword at you, your Deflection bonus is a magical force trying to push the sword away, with ...



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