Ah, Encumbrance… A word that’s sometimes whispered in hushed tones in polite conversation. It’s an issue that players tend to have strong opinions on: do we try to capture a sense of “realism” or do we waive the need for accounting and just try to employ common sense? Whatever your opinions on the matter, it’s something that’s been part of the game since the very beginning.
Since D&D was first released to the masses in 1974, there have been some that have wanted to incorporate more “realism” into their games. Something I personally say, do as you feel for your games, but keep your damned physics out of my fantasy. These days, it seems that some of those that object to certain aspects of the game on the grounds of “realism” do so out of the claim of traditionalism and being “old school”. This claim is pure bunk as I’ll show by quoting one of D&D’s original creators (E. Gary Gygax) in a letter to White Dwarf magazine and an article from The Dragon magazine in their (unedited and unadulterated) entirety.
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