How does Armor Work in the Iconic Adventuring System?
First, thank you for taking the time and interest in our upcoming Kickstarter project, the Iconic Adventuring System. It is a true deck building, tabletop role-playing game that makes use of cards instead of dice.
Like its medieval counterpart, mundane armor in a fantastical setting offers protection against arrows, as well as a myriad of melee weapons, while providing a certain freedom of movement during a skirmish. While poorer soldiers and mercenaries suffice with gambeson, a quilted breast coat, knights in mail and plate armor prove almost invulnerable, intimidating lesser foes.
As a medievalist and game designer, it was a challenge to bring realistic armor to the tabletop and still maintain game balance. In the role-playing genre, introducing a full suit of historical plate armor into a game would overpower most systems.
Armor in the Iconic Adventuring System is simple, straightforward, and historically accurate. First, armor has layers to improve the quality of protection. Should you begin with gambeson, and later acquire mail, you can wear both to increase your Armor Rank (AR).