Rather than including shields as part of a character's Armor Class, they can be used to deflect a number of successful attacks, depending on the size of the shield. The table, above, provides the various types of armor available in the game. When an attacker makes a successful attack, the defender can attempt to use his shield to deflect the blow. There is a 50% chance that a shield deflection attempt will be successful.
Changing shields to work, as described above, makes the shield a much more powerful addition to a character's equipment.