Are their any rules for loosing/equiping a shield in combat?
Page 289: "Equip or stow a shield" is a standard action.
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As an aside, I tend to let my players, if they so choose, cut straps on their shields (if they're wielding an edged weapon) as a minor action. Realy, it only applies to the paladin in my group, who does this so he can swing his Bastard sword with two hands when he wants to "Bring the Pain".
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If it is a light shield, he just needs to do the minor to get it out and a minor to drink it (going by a light shield allows you to hold objects in that hand). A heavy shield does not let you do anything else with that hand, so you would have to get rid of the weapon or shield.
Note that you can drop the weapon as a free action, do the 2 minors to drink the potion, then pick up the weapon as a minor, so you can drink a potion and still have shield and sword in hand at the end of your round.
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Readying or Stowing a shield being a standard action represents unhooking from your pack, manuevering it with both hands so that it's on your arm properly, and then tightening the strap to keep it secure. or the reverse.
I see no reason not to allow loosening the strap and dropping the shield as a free action just like dropping everything else is.
I tend to require a bit more cost for an action that involves more than just "opening your hand" to drop something.
The player is the one who cuts his straps, for dramatic flair.
So you just told him he can do it for a minor action and he decided he'd do it by cutting the straps?