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Wizards. Why do the wear dressing gowns and dunce caps?

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I think part of the reason mages are in robes is due to balance. If a Mage is in plate mail why would you ever bother being a fighter? That just sounds too over powered.

I also believe that's the main reason for it in many games/rpg systems. Give a class certain powerful, AoE/other spells, and you need to balance them out with some weakness. Lack of consistent armor/protection is one of the easiest ways to do that.


That said, I personally don't care whether mages can wear giant plate armor with huge AC bonuses. That's going in towards the Fighter/Mage territory vs. just a mage, imo, which is sort of another debate. I just want to get away from the stereotyped wizard look. There are other types of clothing besides robes and tall hats.

“Things are as they are. Looking out into the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations.” – Alan Watts
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