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"This is a great idea in theory; it allows people to simulate the effects of a video game without the need to consult a computer.""Roleplaying dice are used to simulate video games."
When engaging in face to face, or even computer to computer, free form roleplaying, dice really have no purpose.
Yeah, this article is a bunch of assumptions built on another bunch of assumptions.
Zac, that's a really weird simile.
Posted By: fnord3125It really sounds like the author has never played a game. He or she seemed to express the sentiment, i believe, that everything in an RPG is determined randomly. Maybe that was hyperbole, but if not...
Posted By: Kevin Allen JrOh, ha ha, a person who hasn't come to the same conclusions our ridiculously small community has come to after years of faux-academia and mutual masturbation.[snip]If anything this mutual admiration society should look to this as an avenue of outreach. "Hey, we sort of think like you, maybe you would like some of these games that agree with the spirit of your post."[snip]
Posted By: Kevin Allen JrOh, ha ha....
Posted By: Joelsaves me from the impulse to go over there and explain how dice are used in Dogs in the Vineyard...
Posted By: AlekzandriaI just do not see how some mindless arbitrary machine* that has nothing to do with honor or right and wrong or skill or anything else of value could be helpful.
Posted By: Kevin Allen JrIf anything this mutual admiration society should look to this as an avenue of outreach. "Hey, we sort of think like you, maybe you would like some of these games that agree with the spirit of your post."
Posted By: johnzoBut nowadays, when I read this kinda stuff, I just get this vague feeling that I ought to be taking it to the streets and running more demos. No one -- especially not a manifesto writer -- is gonna learn anything through explanation. But maybe me and Beast Hunters / Danger Patrol / etc could show peple something they didn't know existed.
Posted By: Eero TuovinenIt's pretty curious, though - if the gulf of experience and intent is so wide, how come these forum roleplaying things always seem so crude instead of incomprehensible? Is that just a natural viewpoint bias I have due to not understanding the nuances, or is this form still mainly practiced by teenagers, or what?
Posted By: MatthijsLet the dogpile continue.
Posted By: JDCorleyFor one thing, it's actually pretty cool that often quite young teenagers will work to get punctuation and grammar right,