Regarding the light bow and the 1/2db rule -which I found terrible as well at first- the limited draw is simulated by the basic damage: a Self Bow makes 1d6+1 while a Composite Bow makes 1d8+1. This is the intrinsec power of the average bow. [/quote]
And this is intrinsically wrong. A composite bow is not intrinsically stronger than a self bow, not does a longbow intrinsically shoot further than a composite bow. Nor is a compund bow automatically more powerful than any and all of the above.
THat is where RPGs tend to overcomplicated things and mess them up.
THe damage and range of bows should be based on their pull (draw weight), not on their form. We don't have to work this out tho the last kg of piull either. Something along the lines of rating bows as light, medium, heavy and so on according to wielder's STR would work and be just as easy to implement as the current method, and a lot more realistic. Bows in the rules are given a STR rating and I think we could just sperate the bow type from this to get damage and range stats based on the STR of the bow.
Which would be highly unlikely. Historically archers who had bows of the option pull for their STR crafted thier own bows. Bows pruchased from somebody else were rarely at the optimum STR.Now, as we both said, there are several sizes and strength for each kind of bow: no two self bows are exactly the same. I presume that the rule assumes that every archer uses the most optimized bow for his size ans strength, and the 1/2 db rule works:
a stronger bowman uses a stronger bow and makes the arrow flight faster. The rule is also tailored for human beings. Of course if a giant with 3d6 db draws the string, it should break instead of providing 3d3 db (if he can even properly hold the bow). Except if the self bow was make for him from a big trunk... No rule is perfect and can realy simulate the complexity of real life, but were the rule fails, good sense helps.[/QUOTE
Yes, but there is a lack of good sense in the bow rules as written. For example, technically speaking an actual longbow (welsh warbow) is both a self bow and a composite bow. Yet it is treated as neither. A Japanese Longbow is a composite bow and not a self bow, but the rules make some assumptions about the qualities of self, long and composite bows that are not true. Realstically Longbows are not necessarily the most powerful bows. In fact, the length of the bow has little to do with it's power. A bowyer can get just about any power he wants out of a bow when he crafts it.