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Charabdos, The Tidal King wrote:no in real life using a shield in a fight is normally an active activity that requires focusQuidEst wrote:Charabdos, The Tidal King wrote:What if we don't want to use shields? Can we trade out the 8th and 14th level abilities for other abilites?Even levels are class feats, odd levels are fixed features. The blog was just describing when those feats become available- you'd only pick them if you wanted to focus on shields.
That's not what it reads like to me.
And another thing, why do we have to raise our shields every turn? In a real fight people have their shields raised at all times, they don't lower and raise them over and over again.
Have you.... ever fought with a sword and shield? Because that's really not true. Holding a shield is about as intuitive as it gets. Almost immediately after picking one up and learning proper shield stance, it becomes more of a subconscious thing. It required more effort to drop the thing than it is to block with it.