There is no balance in RPGs. Not in any real sense. Unlike something like a board game such as checkers, and RPG is just too complex, too complicated to ever be balanced in any real sense. And they don’t need to be.
You don’t need a fair chance to participate, all you really need is a chance. And you don’t need to have the same chance to do what another player is doing, all you need is the chance to do something; whatever that something is.
What it comes down to is, it’s your brains that give you a chance. You’ve got brains you’ll think of something. And it don’t have to work, as long as you try something.
Most importantly, is it entertaining? I got a balrog to kill a dragon because I entertained the DM. I tickled his fancy and he played along with it. Don’t approach the task with the attitude that you’ve got to win, approach it with the attitude that you could lose and your character will die—assuming of course that the DM is being merciful. Be humble, you can always gloat later.
Oh, it also helped that the other players were also amused, the DM was pretty much playing to them, and they all applauded my success in my prank.
So don’t fret about any crap like game balance or lies like that. Do something, anything, it just might work. And remember that there are many paths through a forest, some are just easier than others.
On June 20th I’ll be seeing a nephrologist about my kidneys. According to an earlier blood test they have problems. I’m thinking that maybe an accident I had back when I was 14 may have something to do with this.
This has also given me an idea one could use in RPGs. Namely, incomplete healing. For some reason a character cannot heal completely naturally, but need medical care mundane or magickal to do so. How would you handle this?
I’ve been going over the definitions online of the word “encounter” and it has struck me just how hostile the writers of most online definitions see things. I suspect that what we’re seeing is the result of how some people see encounters based on playing something like Dungeons and Dragons. When I was your age in the case of some of you, an encounter was just a meeting, expected or unexpected,between two parties. The encounter could be violent, it could be peaceful. It could be hostile, it could be friendly. It could involve fighting, or just talking. Hell, even a violent, hostile encounter could just involve talking, albeit conversation more in the form of yelling than calm gabbing.
So that’s how I’m going to handle encounters in Dangerous Journeys, but first I need to work out the mechanics. Just thought I’d give you fair warning. 🙂
There are those among us who insist that what we are involved in has to be a game, and as a game it has to be in some manner balanced I don’t that, not in either case.
What I see is that we are engaged in what is better known as a guide. A set of advice and instructions written to help us through a fictional reality. A make-believe world where we can be most anyone or anything we wish to be and interact with that which comes out of our imaginations.
But, unlike a game there are no goals, no victory conditions. The only thing you’re called upon is to participate, to take part. To engage with the world presented by the guide, and with the others playing in that world. In addition, you don’t need to win anything. You don’t even need to succeed in achieving your goal. The only thing you really need to do is to make a good honest attempt at succeeding, and to always remember that your failure in your immediate goal could lead to success in a greater one.
What this comes down to is, you don’t need balance. Assuming that play balance were even possible. We’re talking about a simulation of life, and life is about the most unbalanced activity that has ever been. You don’t need balance to participate in a role playing guide, all you really need is the desire.
So your foe is better than you in most all measures, that don’t mean shit. Find allies if you have to best him, or make him an ally if you really don’t. You’re dealing in life, not some damn morality play.
So take part, participate, play a role. And don’t let anybody tell you you can’t just because somebody’ll get upset. So your guide has something for you to do. Who said you have to do it? And for all you guides out there, bend dammit. It aint your story, it’s their adventure. And if you have to have total control you need a good talking to.
This is participatory entertainment, so participate dammit.
I’ve been getting good news recently, so I’m up to posting again, and posting about Dangerous Journeys. So you get this.
The Post in Question
We start with the measure that the average human walking speed is about 3 MPH. This amount to approximately 15,000 feet an hour. A rough approximation that is true, but it makes what follows easier for me
Walking Speed in DJ
Now with a speed of 15,000 feet an hour that comes out to be 125 feet in a Battle Turn. Which, since I’m fussy about that kind of thing, I’ve decided to make 120 feet a BT.
That comes out to be 12 feet a Critical Turn, and 0.4 foot a Beat.
Walking Speed and PTrait
Then to complicate the players’ lives I decided to make walking speed dependent on his PTrait. So walking speed can range from 6% of 120 feet a BT—a truly aged individual, to 180% of 120 feet a BT. Or 7.2 feet at the one end and 216 feet at the other.
What this means is that in DJ that is no set movement rate since it depends on the Persona’s statistics.
Though it also means I need to figure out how size affect movement. If you have any idea feel free to pass them on.