dark cauliflower wrote:
I've always had mixed feelings about the monk. It never made sense to me that someone is going to be able to use their fist to beat through plate mail armour. I start to get visions of glowing hands with a fire trail behind them as the swing into combat.
If I were going to have a fist fighter in the game I'd want to take the armour into account when determining damage.
I have had mixed feeling more along the lines of do I wish to mix genres. Do I want chanbarra and wuxia in my " traditional" fantasy worlds. I go back and forth as I like both, but at times feel odd about having Gandalf and Wong Fei-Fong adventuring together.
As for you above statement, it seems you are thinking solely of straight punches and turning kicks. Downward, inner, and outer Hammerfist should be no problem as you can do them now against most
hard objects as regular person. I qualified the statement as of course there are some counter examples. The same goes for side, back, hook, and spin kicks. Now, someone he is conditioned could even do it better.
Also, it is a fantasy world where chi real. So, if one can accept wizards and clerics casting magic, warriors with mighty deeds, and thieves and Halflings altering fate by choice, I do not think it is that hard to imagine someone manipulating chi to cause damage and not be harmed by the blow with or without glowing fist.
I am aware that sometimes things come of rougher in the written word than intended and I wish to say that in no way was my reply meant to sound condensing or dismissive of your message.