One player in my group is trying to apply real world logic to a ring of force shield, saying its a hologram and dosen't take a shield slot, even though every thread (Fan created/ruling) says its a shield slot. They both persist in claiming its a ring slot, and they can wear it along with armor, even though as far as I understand it, it is a deflection bonus and only the highest deflection bonus counts for armor class calculations.
They also claim that bracers of armor are wrist slots not body armor and do not count against armor class and that I am being 'a jerk' becuase I am not letting them stack the two, even though all of the SRD/etc information claims its treated as a heavy shield, as if it was armor and so forth. Nothing I say will end this argument and it has completely derailed many games.
Player: Your mechanics break down when faced with logic
DM: your logic dosent apply to the rules of the game. real physics and such do not apply to a fantasy game. normally you're on the other side of the fence about this exact argument and call anyone who says this a idiot, there is no reason for you to be doing this now.
Player: It's a projected, weightless solid hologram you can wear anywhere, unlike a shield which requires an arm due to weight
DM: and it says multiple times its a shield, ring, rings are worn on the finger. that projects as spell that replicates the function of a metal item, minus the weight. its not a hologram its a plane of force like a magic missile.
Him:So we accept it's not a shield. So it doesnt take up a shield slot
DM: yes it does.
Player: it uses a ring slot
DM: do bracers of armor use a armor slot?
Player: They use a wrist slot
DM: they use a wrist/armor slot and give a bonus to the armor slot for calculation. These items appear to be wrist or arm guards. They surround the wearer with an invisible but tangible field of force, granting him an armor bonus of +1 to +8, just as though he were wearing armor. Both bracers must be worn for the magic to be effective. as though were wearing armor. you cannot stack them. same concept applys
Player: and produce a delfection all over bonus. Like a ring of protection. A shield isn't deflection. It's AC indicates your ability to move a solid piece of something around to protect yourself
DM: it counts as armor slot/shield. it says so in the description.
Player: Ring of forceshields don't its a ring slot
DM: An iron band, this simple ring generates a shield-sized (and shield-shaped) wall of force that stays with the ring and can be wielded by the wearer as if it were a heavy shield (+2 AC). This special creation has no armor check penalty or arcane spell failure chance since it is weightless and encumbrance-free. It can be activated and deactivated at will as a free action.
DM: see the part, as if it were a heavy shield, shield sized, shield shaped. its a shield slot.
Player: No it is not. it is a hologram.
This has been ongoing, even when I linked offical eratta from the wotc archives about the way armor works, just becuase the ring was not mentioned -exactly-, I am incorrect and he claims I am using something he calls Rule 0, whatever that is, and I am trying to cheat them out of armor.