I think limiting yourself to real world credibility with regard to usage for materials is rather...limiting. You are saying bronze is worse than steel in every way yet don't blink an eye at a guy who throws fireballs out of his hands?
OH please. Not the "it's fantasy, so anything goes" card.
Just because it's fantasy doesn't mean it has to be brainless. I want even fantasy worlds to make sense - and that means it's inhabitants should act with at least a minimum of common sense.
Yes, I say it is stupid because copper, bronze, iron and steel and known things. They exist in RL and their properties are known. Hence why using copper or bronze when iron is readily available is silly.
You don't make a credible work by making people act like retards.
We can very easily have bronze, iron, steel etc and have them all compete with each other once we layer any kind of magical forging on top. Maybe different metals conduct magic differently, maybe certain metals simply will not work with magic at all. For all we know steel armor might be great at stopping the lead ball from a firearm while being less effective than a bronze armor at stopping a fireball from setting you on fire.
Highly doubtful, given that steel has a higher melting point.
Not to mention you are now just adding weakneses/bonuses for the sole sake of having more materials.
Which b.t.w., could be any materials, so I don't know why you insist on already known materials instead of just inventing more fictional ones. Besides, what exactly does pointlesly adding more materials add?
What exaclty is the difference between "steel, masterwork steel, mithril" and "bronze, steel, mithril"? Other then making less sense, the only difference is the name.
I know I'd be very disappointed if every weapon in the game was steel this, steel that, steel steel steel just because steel is stronger and everything else is pointless.
The vast majority of weapons in IE games were steel. Yet there were still other metals used.
Like starmetal, mithril or silver.
It makes sense. Even if you have multiple materials, one will come up on top in terms of availabiltiy and overall performance, and thus be the most common.
With a fantasy setting you can make up pretty much whatever you want so long as you have some form of readily usable magic in the setting.
I'd rather see that type of variety than everywhere just being Iron, Masterwork iron, Steel, Masterwork Steel and Mithril.
Fine, then people will eat trough their nostrils, far fireballs, drink with forks (because the shape of the spoon conducts less magic), people will cheer you when you call them idiots and proclaim you will kill them all, and while were at it, lords and generals magical items that can end all existence out in the open with just a single guard.
Edited by TrashMan, 11 February 2014 - 12:05 AM.