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the dice roll, and i dont know how strong the weapons are or is dual weilding a good idea
When you go into info screen for the weapons, it will tell you how much damage the weapons will do. It's usually a dice roll, ie. 1d6 or something, so your damage would be 1-6. Sometimes it has a +1, 2, or 3 modifier added to it if it's magical. For swords, damage and THAC0 scales with your strength stat and may be affected by your proficiency with that weapon.
The easiest way to tell is just go into your equipment screen and select a weapon and it will tell you what your damage output will be when equipped. You shouldn't have to worry too much about the math.
Dual weilding is up to you completely. You can't equip a shield, but you should be able to do more damage in less time.