The EN World kitten
Well, so am I; hence why I started this thread.I am one of those people.
And my experience is exactly the opposite, and that seems to be the shared experience of a lot of people, both whom I personally know and who have shared their experiences online. There's a reason why that "dissociated mechanics" essay is so famous, and it's not because it's a hater spreading hateful hate; it's because it speaks to a lot of frustrations people had with that particular aspect of that particular edition.In my personal experience it is the most verisimilitudinous version of D&D - moreso than AD&D; moreso than 3E for the reasons I posted not far upthread; and based on my impression that 5e D&D is, when it comes to verisimilitude, a revision of AD&D, moreso than that version also.
So in other words, the armor by itself, not taking into account any of your character's personal abilities, is worth a +19 AC bonus, is that right? That's impressive, appropriately so for a 30th-level character, but not beyond anything you could get with epic magic items in 3E; which is kind of appropriate, since elderly red dragons in 3E are epic-level monsters (e.g. a great red wyrm is CR 26).The fighter's AC is due to his scale armour, with a +1 for his Warpriest paragon path heavy armour training (AC base 25 for level, +1 for paragon path, +19 for +6 Elderscale armour: total 45). The paladin's AC is due to his plate armour and shield (AC base 25 for level, +20 for +6 Godplate armour, +2 for heavy shield: total 47 - the magically meliorating armour also grants an additional +1 AC per milestone prior to an extended rest).
I agree, and looking at the epic and divine rules in 3E, it gets there.The toughness of hide and scale of an ancient red dragon is comparable in toughness to a great warrior or demigod wearing the most enchanted of heavy armours. Which is verisimilitudinous, in my view.