I'll start off today with a few minor problems.
Morningstar vs. Heavy Mace
As it is written, there is absolutely no reason anyone would have a heavy mace instead of a morningstar. They do the same amount of damage (1d8 for a medium creature) and have the same critical (x2), but heavy mace only does bludgeoning damage whereas the morningstar is one of the few weapons -in fact the only one in the Core Rulebook - that does both bludgeoning and piercing damage simultaneously. That versatility alone gives it an advantage over the heavy mace. Plus, a morningstar weighs two pounds less and costs 4 gp less than a heavy mace. At this point, the only reason an adventurer would own a heavy mace is because the weapons merchants threw a box of them out in the alley so he wouldn't keep tripping over them.
How to fix it: it's not much, but I've given heavy maces a +2 bonus to sundering attempts. Also, I made heavy maces a pound lighter than morningstars when I fixed all the weapons' weights (that'll be a later blog post, but I'll give you a hint at what's to come: "Greataxes don't weigh 12 pounds! Holy hell, do you guys even know what weight is?").
Sickle vs. Kama
Do you know what a kama is? It's a Japanese sickle. I mean, a sickle has a moon-shaped curve to it an a kama is straighter, but they're the same basic weapon. Here, I have a kama; it's a pretty handy garden tool.
|Here it is with the awesome cedar handle I carved for it, because I am a manly man.|
How to fix it: it's simple: no more kama. Just make the sickle a monk weapon. Problem solved!
Starknife vs. Shuriken
Shuriken, also known as throwing stars, are a classic Eastern weapon. You may know them from everything with ninja in it. Starknives are, as far as I can tell, made-up bullshit weapons designed by people who buy unwieldable jagged knives with jewel-eyed dragon heads from that one store in the mall. You may know them from Pathfinder and nothing else.
|Maybe Krull? Has anyone seen that? I know I haven't.|
How to fix it: no starknives. Problem solved.
Well, that's all for now. I've got plenty more nits to pick with the weapons table, so expect to see more of that here in the future.
-your nit-picky d20 despot