KaeYoss said:
You really need to put some smilies into that post, or people will think you were serious and start bashing you
Why do you think that? I've used full strength on the off-hand in my games with no proble. Admittedly, my reason was to simplify things for my players (late night games, change of ruleste, etc..) Now it stuck.
The fact is that the -2 penalty is a pretty good balnce all by itself. I'm only comparing here agaisnt THF since S&B is always behind damage wise.
take into account the following:
Fred Fighter with a 2 handed sword, Strength modifier of +s
Rog the Ranger with two short swords, Strength modifier of +s
suppose that Bob has an p/20 chance of hitting against a given target. His expected damage, no taking into account criticals our iterative attacks is:
Fred: (2d6+1.5*s)*p/20
= 7p/20+1.5*s*p/20
Rog on the other hand (using the house rule of full sterngth on the offhand) has:
Rog: 2*(1d6+s)*(p-2)/20
= 7*(p-2)/20+2*s*(p-2)/20
If you do the math, there's a value (pc) in which they break even, for a given value of s. Above pc, Rog does more damage.
Code:
s:1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
pc:36.0 22.0 17.3 15.0 13.6 12.7 12.0 11.5 11.1 10.8
As you can see, the higher the strength, the more likely that Rog will be outdamaging Fred.
At first this seems unbalancing until you consider that Fred has many more optons by which to amp up his damage (more feat availability).
Also the damage difference is the following:
for s=10 and p=20 (most extreme case)
Fred=22
Rog=24.3
Not something I'm to worried about. Specially when you factor in power attack. And damage reduction. but YMMV