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Kill The Stupid People

In General on March 2, 2010 at 9:00 am

If you’re doing it right, eventually a character will either die or come very, very close to it and there is no resurrection spell in most modern games.

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Why do I use the phrase, “if you’re doing it right”? Because firearms are lethal instruments of destruction and even the best body armor is only so good, especially if someone is shot in the head. Add in high explosives, drugs and genetically tailored disease, lasers and anything else people have invented to kill their own and modern games are deadly pit traps of technology. If you’re playing Shadowrun or other “Reece’s Cup” game, and the ways to die outnumber the people in the party by orders of magnitude.

Definition “Reece’s Cup Game” – Any game that mixes disparate genres, also known as putting your chocolate in my peanut butter games.

Characters won’t die all the time. Armor in these games is good but one of the hallmarks of a good modern game design is that the armor isn’t as good as the methods of mayhem it’s designed to protect against. Tailored nanobots in the bloodstream, stimpacks, slap patches, carbon-laced bone structures – these are all going to contribute to the ability of the characters to survive random carnage. And they still won’t keep up entirely.

What do you do about it?

Well, first, decide if you care. Your campaign might be very lethal and nasty in which case, feel free to go read someone else’s ramblings because the rest of this article is pretty pointless to you. Read the rest of this entry »