12 months ago ::
Jun 12, 2012 - 10:03AM
May 21, 2008
(really guys, what successful fighting people in history have done so through the usage of alcohol on the battlefield?)
Vikings, Scots, pirates.
Indeed, vikings and scots probably drank a lot, but "pirates" by our traditional standards (ei: pirates of the caribbean, treasure island, peter pan, etc.) are mostly fictional. Very few if any ships ever flew the jolly roger in the name of individual loyalty. Anyhow, that's not the point.
Black Beard was a drunk
Henry Morgan was a drunk
There are two REAL world pirates that drank and drank heavily.
You're correct, some forces did that, but I don't think the alcohol actually made them better fighters. Braver perhaps, because it reduced their cognitive abilities. Reckless perhaps, which occasionally leads to dumb luck because of ridiculous strategies. The point is, it could perhaps offer a bonus against fear, a bonus for saves against pain, but not an actual reduction of the damage done to a person. No way. That just doesn't make sense.
Well there is actually a lot of debate about what true berserks did, and one of the leading theories involves them drinking a specially concoted tea that included a lot of opiates and hallucengians.
If worst comes to worst I could always refuse to use the rule in my own games. But still, I'll have to deal with it as a player. It's really atrocious in terms of logic, though I see the fun behind it. Just really cheezy.
I would be happier with a boost to AC....bbuuuttttt, giving disadvantage is horrific unless you A). cast spells or B). can get advantage easily.