awww, it's going to have a duration/durability? i wish you could just hold down a button to hold up your sheild.. at least, for parrying such a system would be unnecesary, just make it neccesary to hit the button in the nick of time. like having maybe a 1/2 or so second long duration of blocking, and being unable to block right away after. because we all know, if an Ettin sees you hold up your sword in a position to block it's mace, it's gonna swing a different way. but if you hold up your sword while it's in mid swing, it can't stop. also, if doing it this way, would it result in them having a longer time before attacking, like an opening would be when you knock someone back in some games? wow i said a mouthful.. well, typed a mouthful. or, rather, typed a textbox full.