Why play a half-elf?
Is there any advantage over playing a human or regular elf?
In icewind dale half elves are better than humans unless you're going to dual class since they have identical stats and some resistances on top of that.
So if you want to go bard you're better off as a half-elf.
When it comes to health I'm not so sure though.
Even if you're a melee fighter, the Elf gets a +1 to longswords and I think that is better than the 1 con.
If you're not a "warrior"(fighter, paladin, ranger) you only need 16 con, so being an elf is not a downside.
I think half-elf might have access to a dual class the elf doesn't, otherwise elf is probably better.
this just isn't true desu.
a sword cuts (or at worst tears) in the same direction as a blade. a flanged mace gets in there and just fucks shit up, grabbing flesh and ripping it off someone, breaking bones, and causing huge bruises and jagged lacerations that aren't easy to fix.
both of them are gonna seriously fuck up unarmored opponents but a mace is gonna commonly do things that a sword wouldn't usually do.
I used ops pic for my human Ranger>Cleric dual class.
18/00 strength, 2 pips in slings and maces, dual classed asap and got access to all priest spells.
>Being an elf
Can't fool me Elf scum
sword has longer reach and better handling
both of the weapons are capable of killing or incapacitating an unarmored opponent with a single well placed strike
the fact that the fanged mace does some fucked up shit literally doesn't matter what so ever, back when that thing was used a sword wound was just as much a death sentence, especially if someone smeared some dung over it or so
sword can slash you know, unarmored opponent
and vast majority of blades would be longer and most certainly have vastly superior handling due to not needing to rely on sheer force to deal its damage
bludgeoning instruments are easier to fabricate than bladed instruments, if swords held no advantage they would have never been used
sword pentertates far deeper because of the way smaller surface area.
Also, it is way better balanced than a mace, with having the mass centre at the hilt, as another anon pointed out already
>he doesn' play the most mundane and boring sword&board guy to prove everyone that he isn't a special snowflake
maybe you are rping as a character whose mom was human that was raped by an elf and just left without taking care of you so now you hate elves and in turn dwarves are your best friends because human kids made fun of you growing up
The big advantage of a mace that it dents plate pretty good, shaking up the guy inside it really well. Sure, you can also kill unarmoured foes to death with it, but there's certainly better tools for that job, like the good old spear.
I loved playing the demo of Icewind Dale 1 I got with PC gamer as a kid, never took it up again.
Is it worth it or should I look into Pillars of Eternity? I enjoyed Baldurs Gate 2 but never beat it I think.
Ok but the original debate was...
>"It kills people dead or fucks them up better than a sword probably would."
>nope, a sword is far superiour against unarmored opponents
Nobody is debating that a sword isn't the more balanced and handier weapon in a fight. However a mace will inflict worse wounds on an unarmored opponent. Not only does it cause bigger wounds and more trauma, the wounds it leaves would generally be harder to treat as well, leaving more permanent damage. A mace also doesn't require as much training to use and things such as edge allignment and angle don't really matter with a mace as long as it's moving fast enough when it impacts it's target.
In the end though you wouldn't really want to be hit by either obviously, especially without armor.
the difference between Human and Half Elf is that half elves are better at fending of magic by 1 point and are worse at fending of physical attacks by 1 point.
While full Elves are always magicians and have Intuition and Dexterity +1 and either Intelligence or Strength -2
Dwarves are the best that's why they cost 61 points instead of 0 or 18
Imagine you get hit in the arm with a mace. It will probably break your bone, but the adrenaline wont even let you feel the pain and you will be still able to fight with your other arm.
If you get hit in the arm with a sword, however, without medical attention, you will bleed to death in minutes
also humans are allowed to pick from these cultures while half elves aren't allowed to pick any cultures.
getting your arm shattered (maces do not cause clean fractures) back in the days when they were actually used was in a lot of cases also a death sentence, just a slower one
that said thanks to hollywood, people severely underestimate just how lethal stabbing or slashing wounds are
because this tends to happen when you mix elves and humans together
you guys are completely misunderstanding how a mace works. the average mace is not round or flat, but generally has spikes or is flanged. you guys are thinking of it as a blunt weapon like a club or hammer when it's more of a unique hybrid weapon.
a mace is not designed soley to break bones cause blunt trauma. the spikes or flanges exist to bite into or shred the flesh when the mace head impacts the skin, transferring all of the kinetic energy of the mace into those points . the types of wounds this cause can vary greatly, but at worst it can grip into the flesh and tear it off a person in chunks, leaving gaping uneven wounds that are practically impossible for a doctor to treat.
imagine an animal biting into your leg and ripping the flesh off. it's not entirely unsimilar to that.
sword wounds, in the appropriate time period, were just as lethal though
maces are dangerous, but they do have downsides
short range and significantly worse handling being the primary ones. It doesn't matter how fucked up someone would be if you got to them, when you never get to them: its why the mongols conquered everything.
>Threadly reminder that elves are an abomination and that the only good use we can do from them is to kill the males on the spot and make whores of their women, while making sure that all of the half breeds monsters are given to the dogs as they are born
Icewind Dale wasn't meant to be as in-depth storywise as the BG series. It was touted as a hack n slash style AD&D game when it came out.
So, yes the story did suck. But killing shit was fun.
>not specifically anti armor
Are you b8n m80?
>character customization is wasted on piss easy games where the absolute trashiest of builds are viable
Pillars of Eternity, anyone?
Don't you want to fit in with your epic memes?
Both Icewind Dales are great. You can get them for cheap as a bundle on GOG pretty often. The enhanced editions are not too bad either but you can just get resolution mods and comfort of life improvement mods on the originals too. Like stacking potions and arrows and such.
Great games, great art, fun fights, great music, great voice acting.
Why not play a Beholder?
It's almost as if you don't want at will Petrify, Wound, Instanst Death, Paralyze, Telekinesis, Dominate, Disintegrate
>mfw 5e d&d half-elf is the most broken shit imaginable
t-they're somewhat related? besides an elf can't resist getting fed by large stinky subhumans
there are not that many advantages to either of them.
Races/species really are more a matter of taste, unless you go into "races of renown" territory, with its +12 lvl half titan racial templates.
You can play a halfling raging berserker and perform only slightly below a half-orc.
That seems to be the plan, yes
Well that's the idea anon
Try not consuming japanese pornography.
i agree the ears are a bit small, but everything else is tip top tier
What's the official length of elven ears?
>part of me wants to love elves
>part of me knows they'll backstab me the moment they get the chance
It just wasn't meant to be bros. I guess i'll join the crusaders.
Being addicted to orc cum is a huge penalty though.