I did some research to know which kind of armor would be able on that setting. I concluded that heavy armor is extremely rare, because in that time they rarely cover all their bodies with armor, they rely more on shields and cuirass.

So heavy armor (taking in account cataphracts) will be limited to chain mail and splint mail. Medium armor is the way to go to a "decently armored" soldier, and light armor is given to the more expendable or less advanced infantry.

So this forces PC's to rely on DEX to achieve good AC's, probably a 14. At the end that would mean a difference of 1 AC (half plate VS full plate).

In this scenario, ring mail and plate are banned; chain mail and splint mail are escarce. Half plate will resemble something like the roman lorica segmentata.

At this points, everything seem almost fine, DEX becomes a bad dumpstat, that's ok, more stealth around. But there is more factors to consider for weapon banning.

That time weapons were made to match their enemies armor, and weapon technology try to counter the defenses or new threats.

Because there will be dragons and some other thoug evil meanies on that setting, some weapons would still makes senses, even if they don't fit historically, for example the greatsword, you have a sword, which is larger and cur better. If I don't recall wrong, greatswords were made to counter heavy armor, so It makes senses to me that they made greatswords to deal with dragons necks.

Greatswords don't need greater technology or theorycrafting to make them. Not like, for example, a morningstar or a flail, specifically made to overcome full-plate.

After some thinking I ended up banning: halberds, flails, morningstarts, rapiers and crossbows.

Did I miss something or is a reasonable setting implementation?

Thank for your answers, and sorry for my english, it isn't my native language.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I'm afraid your question is entirely opinion-based. You may have missed the fact that you unbalanced the system. Or maybe you don't care about balance, that would be fine, too. Your question does not really fit our format, because even if it were clear, there would be no way to give a single most correct answer. You might be better off using one of the many forums for an extended discussion. \$\endgroup\$ – nvoigt Oct 2 '15 at 16:18
  • \$\begingroup\$ Do not answer in comments. \$\endgroup\$ – mxyzplk - SE stop being evil Oct 2 '15 at 16:18
  • \$\begingroup\$ Escro, this is opinion based currently as it's just asking us "is this reasonable?" What more specifically do you want to know. "Will this affect the balance between the classes and how?" for example? Ask us something concrete - yes, you can do it, and yes, some people here would like it and others wouldn't. You probably want something more than that, so put that into your Q. \$\endgroup\$ – mxyzplk - SE stop being evil Oct 2 '15 at 16:19
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    \$\begingroup\$ Just so you know, the greatsword was made specifically to deal with pike formations. It was never meant to cut people (and it couldn't cut people in plate, not even close), its entire purpose was to bash away the pikes so you could get close enough to drop the greatsword, pull out the longsword, and start cutting. \$\endgroup\$ – xanderh Oct 2 '15 at 19:32
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    \$\begingroup\$ per @nvoigt's point, the forum option may fit your needs better. \$\endgroup\$ – KorvinStarmast Oct 2 '15 at 19:56

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