Talk:Hand Crossbow, Repeating (3.5e Equipment)

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Author's Note[edit]

There was probably a reason that something like this wasn't included in the original game, maybe because Wizards didn't think it was feasible, but I wanted one, so here it is. -- Jota 11:54, 25 January 2009 (MST)

Didn't think it was feasible? I don't think that's why, since many different working models can be found in many regions from many times, but few were very simple to operate or useable by the common person. Some required massive strength to reload, others had a ridiculous mechanism to make them work quickly. I think the reason WotC didn't include it because crossbow were a new thing in the "time period" of D&D, which I believe is Middle Ages/Medieval Times, so repeating crossbows handn't even been throught of. Besides, with rapid reload you don't need a repeating crossbow except for heavy crossbows. -Valentine the Rogue 12:01, 25 January 2009 (MST)
There's a repeating crossbow in the 3e handbook, so I don't think its a technology issue as to why there isn't a hand repeating crossbow. If you think about it, though, from a realistic standpoint, you need both hands to reload any crossbow, hand or not. My vision of hand crossbows akimbo wasn't really going to work (if you follow the six second combat round). This is just my way around that, I suppose. -- Jota 12:47, 25 January 2009 (MST)
I'm all for ways around rules, so more power to you. I'm just not going to allow it in any of my games. Merry shootings. -Valentine the Rogue 19:48, 25 January 2009 (MST)
The rules allow 10 attacks in a round with melee weapons with the right feat selection. You have to be closer, but it does more damage. So I figured, why not ranged weapons? I respect your view, but I don't think barring it from play for being over-powered would be correct. If you have an ulterior motive, like I said, it's your campaign. -- Jota 21:53, 25 January 2009 (MST)
I understand the mechanics, and I have no problem with it for being broken, which I dont believe it is (unless you combine it with Daniel_Draco's tenacious ammo ehancement, but that breaks all ranged things). I just don't enjoy repeating crossbows. Again, with Rapid Reload, you can very nearly imitate the dual hand crossbow mechanic for 10 attacks. -Valentine the Rogue 22:26, 25 January 2009 (MST)
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