Samurai vs. Viking...Apache vs. Gladiator...Ninja vs. Spartan...Pirate vs. Knight...who hasn't fantasized about the greatest warriors in history going toe to toe in battle? Well, Spike TV has the show that answers these vital questions and I can't get enough of it. True, the comparisons are often ridiculous. After all, why would a stealthy assassin like the ninja ever face off in battle against a Spartan? It would make much more sense to strike the Spartan in his sleep. Still, the show is a treasure trove of information on weapons and fighting styles throughout history and some of the information is surprising. For example, in the Ninja vs. Spartan battle, I assumed the steel weapons of the Ninja would penetrate the bronze armour of the Spartan fairly easily. It was not the case, however. The blade of the kusarigama barely dented the bronze breastplate. As a DM, this is good information to know.
The show is a bit tongue-in-cheek, with combat experts specializing in each type of warrior culture talking smack at each other like it was sort of sporting event. It will be interesting to see how they handle some of the later episodes which deal with modern day combatants. Episode 9 is going to be IRA vs. Taliban. Considering the current conflict in Afghanistan, this one seems particularly touchy. Given that both groups tend to use bombs and attack civilians, I'm not sure that either group belongs among the ranks of history's deadliest warriors.
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