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I'm hoping someone can help me clarify what all the columns mean.

Part of a weapon list from 2nd Edition D&D

Take Barbed Dart, for example.

The 1sp is obviously to indicate that it costs 1 silver piece per dart.

The 2 indicates that it has a weight of 2 pounds.

The rest I am not sure.

The S says that it is a small item?

The 1d3 and 1d2, are they damage dice when used to attack small/medium and large enemy types? (respectively)

I'm not sure what the P means for the Type6

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    \$\begingroup\$ Just a note : the superscript 6 most probably indicates a footnote and is not part of the column label, which is just "Type". \$\endgroup\$ – Nigralbus May 26 '15 at 7:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ Does your copy not explain the footnotes? o.O \$\endgroup\$ – Smithers May 26 '15 at 18:23
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    \$\begingroup\$ For both these questions, the text under Weapons in the equipment description section explains all the columns... p. 73 in my first printing. \$\endgroup\$ – mxyzplk - Justice for Monica May 26 '15 at 18:23
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    \$\begingroup\$ The column headers are also out of alignment... "Weight" belongs with "(lb.)", "Speed" belongs with "Factor", and "Damage" belongs with "S-M / L" \$\endgroup\$ – Adeptus May 26 '15 at 23:05
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    \$\begingroup\$ That's a pirated PDF (I just checked; the PDF with that exact page break and broken headers is easily found). You would be much better off with a legal copy of the book that doesn't have broken tables. \$\endgroup\$ – SevenSidedDie May 26 '15 at 23:56
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The 2 indicates that it has a weight of 2 pounds.

Actually, you missed the row. The blowgun weights 2 pounds. The dart has a weight of * which means 10 of them weight 1 pound. Just in case you wonder when it comes to other items, ** means this weights so little that you can carry an unlimited amount with you.

The S says that it is a small item?

Correct.

The 1d3 and 1d2, are they damage dice when used to attack small/medium and large enemy types? (respectively)

Correct.

I'm not sure what the P means for the Type6 means

That the damage type is Piercing damage. Other weapons do Bludgeoning and/or Slashing damage. Note the dash when the weapon itself does not do damage, like a bow or sling. Only the ammunition is marked for damage type.

The column "factor" is a misprint in your table and actually reads "Speed Factor". That's the value that gets added to your initiative roll to determine who acts first in combat (See chapter 9: Combat, paragraph "Initiative"). The higher the number, the more cumbersome is the weapon and the more time is needed to hit someone with it. For example you can stab someone with a dagger real fast, while taking a swing with a twohanded sword takes time. The guy with the dagger is most likely going first in any round of combat.

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