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Shields For TPA/major Shield, posted on Sat Apr 18 02:08:34 2009
Posted by: Kaylar
Category: Guilds
This is a repost of the blog entry that was eaten by a bug:

Major shields and TPAs cast with any shield that is not a proper shield

(i.e. one that cannot be used in combat to block) will now be significantly

less effective than those created with a proper shield.

This was changed to address the problem of some players having access to

origami paper shields that were considerably lighter and smaller than others

available. These shields were later removed but it was not practical to remove

them from individual players.

There was already a penalty in place for using paper shields in major shield

and TPA and a bonus for using a real shield in major, and in some cases

you would have been informed of this but not in others. This new method is

fairer and will work for any other objects added in the future that are

"shields" that cannot block.

On a related note, a new small leather shield has been added to the leather

shop on the Plaza of Broken Moons in Ankh-Morpork and to several armouries

in various warrior outposts.


Since some people have asked about it:

- Those people who were using a real shield for major shield before the

change may find it slightly less effective now. This is because before the

change a bonus was being given for real shields, nothing for pewter and

a penalty for paper shields. Since now only real shields and fake

shields are considered, the bonus is gone and instead there is only the

penalty for shields that aren't used in combat.

- Those people who were using fake shields for TPA may notice increased

effectiveness when now using real shields. This is because fake shields

were being penalised before (even though you weren't getting a message

about it). Those who were using real shields before should notice no


Also, paper shields were not the only consideration, this change also

means that if any items in the future that are described as shields are

created they won't be able to be used to create full strength TPAs/majors

unless they are proper shields.



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