Talk:Item Weight

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I would suggest adding Item Sizes to this page as well -- i.e. how tall/wide each item is.

Civ weight

Why do Female Civilians weigh 20 more than Male? Typo? Oversight in code? Pregnant? NightChime

Likely a typo in the code. It's purely a practical exercise to know them, since Civilian corpses don't even appear as items on the ground and thus can't be picked up. Also, you can sign your name by adding three tildes (~) or timestamp it with 4. As I'll do now. Arrow Quivershaft 16:23, 15 October 2008 (CDT)

Because they are less tasty and the aliens leave all the bits they don't want to eat. :) Spike 16:27, 15 October 2008 (CDT)

Note: Apparently, the high use of Elerium has bathed the Earth in Anti-gravity waves, radically effecting the weights of various objects. For instance you will note a human body weighs less than 5 unloaded pistols, or 2 loaded rifles... This is one factor making it so difficult to determine the mass of a unit of Elerium. Jasonred 14:08, 27 February 2009 (CST)

See additions to main page - Weight is not a linear, physical quantity, it's a measure of Encumbrance to humans. Spike 15:35, 2 March 2009 (CST)


Weight Stat vs. Physical Weight

Thanks for getting that, Spike; I meant to but forgot. I've always considered part of the weight stat to be how balanced an item is and thus how easy it is to carry/throw/move around with. For example, a grenade or a ammo clip is fairly balanced(the grerade because it needs to be thrown, and the clip because its uniformly full of ammunition) and thus has a low weight. Meanwhile, the Heavy Cannon is large and the weight isn't evenly distributed along the weapon, nor is it on the Rifle, so these weapons weigh more. A human body is unbalanced in weight, obviously, and large enough that it's hard to move with. On a counterpoint, the High Explosive is balanced, but the sheer mass of its contents makes it harder to move with. Anyways, just my two cents on the issue. Arrow Quivershaft 16:52, 2 March 2009 (CST)


I think encumbrance is a better stat than weight too. Ah, D&D. Unfortunatly, as I said, human body vs 5 unloaded pistols. ... Anyhow, an X-com agent can theoratically place one of his unconscious buddies in his backpack, and hold in in each hand. ... Let's... just accept that X-com mechanics are not 100% true to real life? lol. Jasonred 11:29, 5 March 2009 (CST)