Hey, this is Ted, and it is my first time writing in this forum. It's been a while since I had a Raid team up and running, but I'm thinking of starting one soon. I would frown on an AM introducing armor unless the players are demanding it. Dragon Raid thrives on its simplicity. I have played games where until the end of the 3rd or 4th adventure, everything was bogged down with checking the rules and figuring out how to play. This was after I had played DR where I picked up in the first adventure. DR has rules that most anyone can understand by the end of the Light Raider Test. But, if players refuse to accept the armor that the Overlord provided for their characters, I would suggest making it simple: Layered Leather: +1 to Shield of Faith for physical attacks -1 movement -1 MU per adventure Light chain mail: +2 to Shield of Faith for physical attacks -2 movement -2 MU per adventure -1 on any roll to resist a greed sin enchantment Heavy chain mail: +3 to Shield of Faith for physical attacks or light plate mail: -3 movement -3 MU per adventure -2 on any roll to resist a greed sin enchantment -1 on any roll to resist a pride sin enchantment shield: +1 to Shield of Faith in addition to any other armor -1 movement in addition to any other armor -1 to Shield of Faith for all spiritual rolls (or to particular classes) In addition, make the rule that no armor can could raise your Shield of Faith above a 7 or 8, to prevent a group of unbeatable warriors. The cost of the MU and other penalties should be explained to the player up front, and the reasons for it. 1) You are not trusting in the Overlord to protect you. 2) You found his gifts (the armor of God) to be lacking when He did not 3) The added armor makes you feel less threatened. This in turn on some level makes you more prideful in your own abilities and less dependant on the Overlord. "And also, if your encumbrance slows down the entire unit, you may put then in a position where they must sacrifice the mission to save you. Now, who wants the light plate mail? Anyone? <snicker>" If you show them that the equipment (which can unbalance the game system to the point where the light raiders fight as well as trolls) has serious drawbacks that will constantly hinder their characters, then they might give up the whole idea. Remember, If the players ask for something, you can always say, "Give me until next session to make up some reasonable rules for it." I had to kill off an entire party's companions because they were winning the battles for the Light Raiders (2 bears, a lion and a wolf - the other 2 light raiders were the "Combat medics" Then, I took the time to determine which noncompeting class was best for them, and switch them to it. "It does not take much to unbalance the game" was the lesson I learned. If you do not put a restriction on every benefit, then all too soon the benefits pile up. It only takes a couple adventures for the PLAYERS to learn that they cannot get ahead buy wearing every trinket or piece of equipment they find or by using poisoned weapons, thick armor, and other tricks. Take away MU and giving the occasional character trouble getting home. Did you know you can send everyone back through the hollow tree except the one who has the "bad" item? Let him try dropping everything he picked up until he finds that "cursed" item that he did not realize was harming him. It only takes a couple minutes if everyone else is told "Pizza break" while he is sitting there, a dozen goblins 3 minutes behind.... Ever notice how much Santa has taken from God? He knows if you've been naughty or nice (omniscience) He can get to every house in the planet in a single night (omnipresence) No wonder people don't belive in God. Who would belive in someone who has powers "more magical" than Santa? Last night I watched a TV show (Martial law). A child lifted his head toward heaven and whispered, "Thanks Santa" when his brother returned home for the holidays - the child's "Christmas wish". It looked to me to be very close to a prayer. Am I paranoid, or is Santa a pagan diety by the biblical definition? Do you know children who worship him? Or am I just being paranoid (again)? Suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them... the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 'The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be risen again.' " Luke 24:4-7 The best news ever heard.