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    mchvlichldprdgy
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    • Owlbear

    Can you explain thac0 to a newbie to 2nd edition?

    #566928
    SteveB
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    • Orc

    lol 😆

    THAC0 is the abbreviation for ‘To Hit Armour Class 0’

    In 2nd edition, a fully armoured warrior in full plate armour with a shield had AC 0.

    Your roll to hit them was your THAC0 on a d20.

    For each point above AC 0 (AC 1, AC 2, etc), your roll was easier by 1 point…THAC0 10 needed to roll 10 to hit AC 0, 9 to hit AC 1, 8 to hit AC 2, etc.

    For each point below AC 0 (AC -1, AC -2, etc), your roll was harder by 1 point…THAC0 10 needed to roll 10 to hit AC 0, 11 to hit AC -1, 12 to hit AC -2, etc.

    A fairly simple procedure all in all. One of the standard character sheets had a chart for calculating such ‘Attack Rolls’, with your THAC0 going in the AC0 box, and the rest being calculated accordingly.

    #566929
    mchvlichldprdgy
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    • Owlbear

    Wow, thats easier than everyone made it out to be. The people around here were like: thac0 is the hardest thing you will ever learn for roleplaying. I’d gotten the general idea from Icewind dale. Thank you for a very good explanation. Now I’m off to show people how nasty the grapple rules are so they can quit whining about thac0.

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