So... I'm new, and I realize that I need to choose a weapon for my strength 7 sorcerer. I've seen a lot of the guides rate Acid Splash as a rotten cantrip, and I've seen recommendations for sorcerers hauling around a crossbow for the first three levels.
The thing is, I can't see why. The crossbow does 1d8, but it's heavy and you can likely only fire it once in a combat.
The acid splash spell with an acid flask does 1d3+1, and you can cast it over and over. What am I missing here?
As a Sorcerer, you're likely to do a fair bit of blasting... if your are thinking of using ray and other ranged touch attack spells consider:
Point-Blank Shot - it adds an additional +1 to hit and damage within 30' (the range of your attack Cantrips for your first few levels) and it opens the way for Precise Shot which is useful when you need to shoot something that has decided to close to melee with one of your friends.
With Point-Blank Shot and an acid flask, your doing 1d3+2(average 4) and kicking it out every round.
Also, don't forget that Acid Splash is a touch attack and a crossbow isn't. That said, if you can acquire a crossbow for cheap, by all means carry one for backup. The 25-30' range on Acid Splash/Ray of Frost has been driving my Wizard nuts in my RotRL game.