Some background on the question, I'm making a fantasy themed RPG from the ground up with a focus on an in-depth, but simple to understand, crafting system.
I'm doing my research and finding the numbers on materials, but I don't know which ones are most important to their specific tasks. I'm trying to boil down the materials down to 2 or 3 significant properties (not counting weight since that's a given) that affect durability, damage, etc.
So, in the context of making an RPG with a mostly-realistic representation of materials, I wanted to know which Stack Exchange the questions along the following lines should be asked in:
- What are the most important properties of a wood when making a shield?
- What properties of a wood determine how ideal it is for a polearm haft?
- What properties determine how well a metal would work for armor?
Given that it's for an RPG, part of me thinks Game Dev, but I'm also using real-world material properties so it's not quite there, either.