Been using your archives for late night reading the last couple months, though im more interested in your fiction than your politics. no big deal.
Been playing rpg's online for a while, now, looking to start running a game of my own soon.
I liked the look of your Greek sourcebook but truth be told I prefer the Baltic crusades for a setting; there's plenty of knights and exploitation of locals and all that fun stuff.
Of course I think you cant have pagan natives without at least a few clans of bloodthirsty giants!
If it's not too much trouble I'd like your brief opinion on pagan giant vs catholic crusader action.
The sourcebooks have several different types of giants, the shortest and smallest being about 10.5 feet tall, 1400 lbs, and the tallest a whopping 21 feet, 3000 lbs. idk if the poundage for those heights are correct but whatever its fantasy.
Here's my nerd question: Just for fun, what would the fighting dynamics be between a man 5 1/2 feet tall and a giant twice or even 3 times that size?
If you're a giant raiding or defending your hillfort from puny armored crusader's, bent on doing what crusader's did best to pagans, wouldn't you want weapons that give you as much reach as possible? In the sourcebooks giants like to throw rocks but I would think if you're a moderately advanced tribe you'd have bows with twice the draw of a longbow and javelins half again the height of a man.
What else would a giant want to use against foes that were smaller but more organized and better armored? Mabe if you're twice or three times the height of a man you armor up your boots and shins that way all you need to do is kick 'em to death!
Brent, this is so cool!
Thank you and glad you like the fiction—I could give a shit about my politics.
I will work on this over the next day or so.
Brent, this is a question that matters beyond gaming and which I have neglected. I am also thrilled that you are using some of my work for a semi-historical RPG. The crusades of the Teutonic Knights against the pagan Prussians and Lithuanians are simply fascinating to consider. This is an area of medieval history that most people do not have a clue about.
I will address this question in the following installments:
-Real Giants in Combat: Size Liabilities and Relationships
-Two Plausible Giant Types with Ideal Weapons
-Forensic Effects of Giantism on Human Muscle-Powered Combat
Until then, BF, consider one truism where immense combatants are concernedstupid gets it done. The worst thing most combatants with a huge size advantage can do is try and outthink the smaller enemy. I will expand on this when I get back to my computer on Wednesday.