I have a question concerning encumbrance. The table “Character Movement and Encumbrance” at page says a character carrying up to 5 stones has an exploration movement of 120’ and up to 7 stones a movement of 90’ and so on. The limit is 20 stone plus the Strength modifier, so a 18 Strength character could carry a maximum of 23 stones.
Problem is, I don’t feel a 18 Strength character (+3 bonus) and a 3 Strength character (-3 penalty), carrying 6 stones should have both a 90’ exploration movement. The stronger character, in my opinion, should be able to move at full speed carrying his/her equipment, and the other one should be (almost) crawling at snail speed.
A possible house rule I want to test is considering each +1 bonus means 1 stone the character can “ignore” when calculating encumbrance. So, the movement of a 16 Strength character (+2 bonus) carrying 7 stones is calculated as if the character was carrying 7 - 2 = 5 stones. I could even give some additional small bonus to dwarf characters.
What do you think?