It's been a while since I posted on this thread. But with the reforging and changes to weapons and armour my interest has perked up again. I've decided to ditch anat and go with 60 parrying to get to 300 combined skills for lower mana use on the special moves. I went and checked on the main UO site concerning blocking ability and with out shield and parrying my ability to block was only 5% either with a one handed or two handed weapon. But with parrying with out a shield and 120 weapon skill and 60 parrying my one handed and two handed blocking chances go up like 4 to 5 times. With a shield it remains at 5% the same as with out the parrying skill. My question is are there any other concerns if you equip yourself with a shield and a one handed weapon besides the blocking chances with out it. Thus affording you the oppurtunity to have more mods on your temp plate such as SSI etc.