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(Asahi Shimbun)   Historic samurai sword restored to former glory after summer downpour rusted blade, is returned to shrine with anti-rust and anti-ninja coating   (asahi.com) divider line
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2021-06-21 7:31:09 PM  
That's it. I'm sick of all this "Masterwork Bastard Sword" bullshiat that's going on in the d20 system right now. Katanas deserve much better than that. Much, much better than that.
I should know what I'm talking about. I myself commissioned a genuine katana in Japan for 2,400,000 Yen (that's about $20,000) and have been practicing with it for almost 2 years now. ->I can even cut slabs of solid steel with my katana.
Japanese smiths spend years working on a single katana and fold it up to a million times to produce the finest blades known to mankind.
Katanas are thrice as sharp as European swords and thrice as hard for that matter too. Anything a longsword can cut through, a katana can cut through better. I'm pretty sure a katana could easily bisect a knight wearing full plate with a simple vertical slash.
Ever wonder why medieval Europe never bothered conquering Japan? That's right, they were too scared to fight the disciplined Samurai and their katanas of destruction. Even in World War II, American soldiers targeted the men with the katanas first because their killing power was feared and respected.
So what am I saying? Katanas are simply the best sword that the world has ever seen, and thus, require better stats in the d20 system. Here is the stat block I propose for Katanas:
(One-Handed Exotic Weapon) 1d12 Damage 19-20 x4 Crit +2 to hit and damage Counts as Masterwork
(Two-Handed Exotic Weapon) 2d10 Damage 17-20 x4 Crit +5 to hit and damage Counts as Masterwork
Now that seems a lot more representative of the cutting power of Katanas in real life, don't you think?
tl;dr = Katanas need to do more damage in d20, see my new stat block.
 
2021-06-21 7:51:48 PM  
Could have come up with a better picture of it.
 
2021-06-21 8:14:17 PM  
The Doobie Brothers approve.
 
2021-06-21 8:14:46 PM  

foo monkey: That's it. I'm sick of all this "Masterwork Bastard Sword" bullshiat that's going on in the d20 system right now. Katanas deserve much better than that. Much, much better than that.
I should know what I'm talking about. I myself commissioned a genuine katana in Japan for 2,400,000 Yen (that's about $20,000) and have been practicing with it for almost 2 years now. ->I can even cut slabs of solid steel with my katana.
Japanese smiths spend years working on a single katana and fold it up to a million times to produce the finest blades known to mankind.
Katanas are thrice as sharp as European swords and thrice as hard for that matter too. Anything a longsword can cut through, a katana can cut through better. I'm pretty sure a katana could easily bisect a knight wearing full plate with a simple vertical slash.
Ever wonder why medieval Europe never bothered conquering Japan? That's right, they were too scared to fight the disciplined Samurai and their katanas of destruction. Even in World War II, American soldiers targeted the men with the katanas first because their killing power was feared and respected.
So what am I saying? Katanas are simply the best sword that the world has ever seen, and thus, require better stats in the d20 system. Here is the stat block I propose for Katanas:
(One-Handed Exotic Weapon) 1d12 Damage 19-20 x4 Crit +2 to hit and damage Counts as Masterwork
(Two-Handed Exotic Weapon) 2d10 Damage 17-20 x4 Crit +5 to hit and damage Counts as Masterwork
Now that seems a lot more representative of the cutting power of Katanas in real life, don't you think?
tl;dr = Katanas need to do more damage in d20, see my new stat block.


Mmm, authentic copypasta.  😊
 
2021-06-21 8:22:09 PM  
"As he had no experience in polishing a sword"

They could have just asked me. I've been polishing my sword since I was 12 years old. I have 32 years of experience under my belt.
 
2021-06-21 8:26:37 PM  

Bovine Diarrhea Virus: "As he had no experience in polishing a sword"

They could have just asked me. I've been polishing my sword since I was 12 years old. I have 32 years of experience under my belt.


How many dan in left hand you must have.
 
2021-06-21 8:44:36 PM  
You sat there and darned if you didn't tell me you'd get this sword, these options, without the sealant, for nineteen-five!

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2021-06-21 8:49:41 PM  

foo monkey: I myself commissioned a genuine katana in Japan.... I can even cut slabs of solid steel with my katana.


Have you cast an Identify on it yet? Sounds at least +4. Possibly vorpal.
 
2021-06-21 9:29:09 PM  
No handle?
 
2021-06-21 10:25:17 PM  
"As he had no experience in polishing a sword that had been damaged by exposure to water, Kimura gingerly tried a number of techniques."

When paying $45,000 to restore a priceless, irreplaceable, 350 year old piece of sacred temple history, maybe check the yellow pages for a guy who's seen rust before?
 
2021-06-21 10:34:38 PM  

LoneVVolf: "As he had no experience in polishing a sword that had been damaged by exposure to water, Kimura gingerly tried a number of techniques."

When paying $45,000 to restore a priceless, irreplaceable, 350 year old piece of sacred temple history, maybe check the yellow pages for a guy who's seen rust before?


Why do that when YouTube exists?
 
2021-06-22 1:05:28 AM  
Note: Only rich important people hired samurai. Poor people, who could not afford to hire samurai, did not hire samurai.
 
2021-06-22 2:02:08 AM  

LoneVVolf: "As he had no experience in polishing a sword that had been damaged by exposure to water, Kimura gingerly tried a number of techniques."

When paying $45,000 to restore a priceless, irreplaceable, 350 year old piece of sacred temple history, maybe check the yellow pages for a guy who's seen rust before?


WD-40 and a SOS pad and that thing will be as good as new
 
2021-06-22 5:32:56 AM  
Restoring historic blades damaged by rust- without causing further damage- has got to be a damned tricky procedure. Happy to learn the bladesmith figured out how to do it. Hopefully, he didn't have to remove too much of the original metal.
 
2021-06-22 10:02:19 AM  

Bovine Diarrhea Virus: "As he had no experience in polishing a sword"

They could have just asked me. I've been polishing my sword since I was 12 years old. I have 32 years of experience under my belt.


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2021-06-22 10:53:00 AM  

leeksfromchichis: foo monkey: That's it. I'm sick of all this "Masterwork Bastard Sword" bullshiat that's going on in the d20 system right now. Katanas deserve much better than that. Much, much better than that.
I should know what I'm talking about. I myself commissioned a genuine katana in Japan for 2,400,000 Yen (that's about $20,000) and have been practicing with it for almost 2 years now. ->I can even cut slabs of solid steel with my katana.
Japanese smiths spend years working on a single katana and fold it up to a million times to produce the finest blades known to mankind.
Katanas are thrice as sharp as European swords and thrice as hard for that matter too. Anything a longsword can cut through, a katana can cut through better. I'm pretty sure a katana could easily bisect a knight wearing full plate with a simple vertical slash.
Ever wonder why medieval Europe never bothered conquering Japan? That's right, they were too scared to fight the disciplined Samurai and their katanas of destruction. Even in World War II, American soldiers targeted the men with the katanas first because their killing power was feared and respected.
So what am I saying? Katanas are simply the best sword that the world has ever seen, and thus, require better stats in the d20 system. Here is the stat block I propose for Katanas:
(One-Handed Exotic Weapon) 1d12 Damage 19-20 x4 Crit +2 to hit and damage Counts as Masterwork
(Two-Handed Exotic Weapon) 2d10 Damage 17-20 x4 Crit +5 to hit and damage Counts as Masterwork
Now that seems a lot more representative of the cutting power of Katanas in real life, don't you think?
tl;dr = Katanas need to do more damage in d20, see my new stat block.

Mmm, authentic copypasta.  😊


Pfft. D20 is for posers.

Unlimited power and open-ended character development makes for a very boring RPG. A level 20 magic-user vs. 10th-level paladin is a fair fight in 2.5, as it should be.

In 3rd or 5th? Pointless, as LEVEL IS ERRYTHANG!
 
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