What is "ancient" and "modern" climbing equipment?

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What is "ancient" and "modern" climbing equipment?

#1 Postby Phasma Felis » Sat Jan 14, 2017 4:37 pm

The Climbing skill says you get +2 for "antique or medieval climbing equipment" and +4 for "modern climbing equipment". I know SW is deliberately light on the details of skill-related gear, but I'm curious. :) Can anyone who knows a bit about climbing give some specifics? My vague impression is that ancient equipment is basically "grappling hook" and modern equipment is nylon rope, spikes, hammer, ascenders (which I think are a sort of handle that attaches to a rope and then only slides up it, not down), and carabiners (I'm not sure what they're used for exactly besides clipping things to things).

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Re: What is "ancient" and "modern" climbing equipment?

#2 Postby Deskepticon » Sat Jan 14, 2017 5:57 pm

Pretty much answered your own question. :D

"Ancient" climbing gear would be a hemp rope, some pitons, and maybe even a crude harness. Slipping and falling would drop you to the point you last anchored a piton (probably 10ft by default game standards).
"Modern" climbing gear is much more focused on safety. Slipping usually results in a start, but no overt danger of actually falling. A belay typically tightens up after 1 or 2 feet of rope.

All this babble can probably be ignored since the effects are represented by the respective bonuses to Climbing.

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Re: What is "ancient" and "modern" climbing equipment?

#3 Postby Kendermage » Fri Feb 17, 2017 1:12 am

Watch "Cliffhanger". When they go to the museum and grab the antiques to use - that is ancient climbing equipment.
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Re: What is "ancient" and "modern" climbing equipment?

#4 Postby ValhallaGH » Fri Feb 17, 2017 7:35 am

Kendermage wrote:Watch "Cliffhanger".

This is the first time I've seen someone seriously suggest watching that film, as anything other than a punishment.
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Re: What is "ancient" and "modern" climbing equipment?

#5 Postby SavageGamerGirl » Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:24 am

If you go back far enough, ancient climbing equipment is little more than a rope and a grappling hook.
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Re: What is "ancient" and "modern" climbing equipment?

#6 Postby Enno » Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:05 pm

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