Word of the Day -- Encumber

This is the root of a word known to all RPG enthusiasts, especially if you sit at one of Steve's tables... 

Encumber -- weigh down, burden; to impede or hamper the function or activity of : hinder

In Old French, the noun combre meant a defensive obstacle formed by felled trees with sharpened branches facing the enemy. Later, in Middle French, combre referred to a barrier, similar to a dam or weir, constructed in the bed of a river to hold back fish or protect the banks. That notion of holding back is what informs our verb encumber. One can be physically encumbered (as by a heavy load or severe weather) or figuratively (as by bureaucratic restrictions). Combre also gives us the adjectives cumbersome and cumbrous, both meaning "awkward or difficult to handle." (from Merriam-Webster)

Steve loves encumbrance, as he has said many times in games and on Twitch.  He thinks it makes the game better, makes people more focused on their gear and what is worth keeping with you.  And I can't argue that, I believe a little reality never hurt anyone.  Except when it's on your back! :-)

Have a great day folks...

 



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