Strength also aids the fighting man in his ability to both score a hit upon an adversary and damage it. This strength must be raw, i.e. not altered by intelligence scores. On the other hand low strength will effect [sic] any character's fighting ability.What this means is that the bonuses to hit and damage accrued for having a score of 13 or more apply only to fighting men, not other classes. (The same is true, incidentally, of the "dodge/parry" bonus from high Dexterity). However, the penalties to hit and damage for having a Strength score of 6 or less do apply to members of classes other than fighting men. The note about a score "not altered by intelligence" is a reference to the ability of fighting men to lower their Intelligence so as to raise their Strength on a two for one basis.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Reading the Original D&D Discussion forums this afternoon, I was reminded of a funny little bit from Greyhawk: