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Old 07-23-2009, 09:46 PM   #31
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I'm preparing an Ancient Greece campaign. What kind of horse would the hippeis of a city-state like Athens use? And did they shoe horses back then? Wikipedia says no, but I'm not sure I trust it.
I remember a readable book called "The Horsemen of Athens" which discusses the Athenian cavalry and their mounts at great length. It might be a good place to start your research. Or for simplicity, just use BS cavalry horses.
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Old 10-26-2009, 08:48 PM   #32
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I can't find the Mount skill anywhere, can someone tell me what book it is in?
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Old 10-26-2009, 09:04 PM   #33
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I can't find the Mount skill anywhere, can someone tell me what book it is in?
It's on B210.
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Old 10-26-2009, 09:12 PM   #34
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Sorry about that. I must have missed it. I feel like an idiot now. Thank you for your help.
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Old 10-26-2009, 10:29 PM   #35
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Icelander - Are there any other references for skewbald being a type of horse rather than a coloration? I am not sure I would trust a poet to stick to a classification scheme if skewbald (the color) fits the rythyme pattern.
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Old 10-27-2009, 02:24 AM   #36
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Is there going to be anything like this in Low-Tech? To me horses and other beasts of burden are as important to a Low Tech game as vehicles are to a High Tech and Ultra Tech game.
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Old 10-27-2009, 02:57 AM   #37
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Out of curiosity, how does this model plug into later dates, such as those encountered in a swashbuckling or Old West style campaign? Specifically, how does terminology and all that change?
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Old 10-27-2009, 06:34 AM   #38
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Great work! Congatulations! =)
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Old 10-27-2009, 09:06 AM   #39
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I'm particularly looking for input on whether the prices look right or if any need tweaking.
Many of your CFs look quite low. I can easily imagine a player making a Very Wealthy character and then buying a totally pimped horse, as part of his starting equipment.


Also, it might help if you include some rarity guidelines, like "any horse with a CF total of more than 3 is Rare, thus difficult to find although usually available in cities, any horse with a CF total of more than 10 is Very Rare, and any horse with a CF total of more than 15 is Extremely Rare", except of course more elaborate, and talking about horse trainers, and different levels of horse-focus in different cultures (Rohan versus Gondor, e.g.).
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Old 10-27-2009, 11:59 AM   #40
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Icelander - Are there any other references for skewbald being a type of horse rather than a coloration? I am not sure I would trust a poet to stick to a classification scheme if skewbald (the color) fits the rythyme pattern.
There are none, no.

But then again, it's not like there are unassailable sources for much of the other typologies either. Usage tends to be unscientific in the extreme and a period of one generation is more than enough for the meaning of a term to evolve. And we're discussing hundreds of years.

All in all, we've got a choice between going with the classification system that's both consistent and logical as well as being attested in one primary source or going with the more accurate, if pedantic, view that most of these terms had more than one meaning in different areas or periods and that it is impossible to classify historical horse types in any non-arbitrary way.
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