At Least Where RPGs are Concerned
I recently read Stephen Long’s introduction to Hero System 6th edition, on pages 8 and 9 he made mention of two important elements of his philosophy, freedom and responsibility; the freedom to create as you think best and the responsibility to, well, be responsible for it.
To put it into my own words, my goal is to give you a set of tools you can use to make the system you prefer to use in a Dangerous Journeys guide, and to remind you that you have responsibilities where play is concerned.
Glad you asked.
First, that your players are engaged and that they can make a difference in the course of play. That what they do makes a difference. And that means that you as the guide are responsible for paying attention to what they are doing or are trying to do.
Of course this doesn’t mean that they have to succeed. Indeed, quite often they are going to fail. But it does mean you will need to be aware of the possible consequences of the proposed action, and that means being aware of your Personae’s personalities and motivations. Years ago this balrog in an old session of D&D had no motivation by the rules as written to take on a red dragon a fledgling Prestidigitaor had just said had insulted him. But, balrog and dragon were rivals and balrog and dragon were chaots as we called them back then. So when the balrog in question heard, “He called you a wimp.” what else do you think the demon had to do. Our GM had a pretty good idea as to what was most likely to happen, and seeing much potential in what could happen went forward and let his balrog kill the dragon. Or nearly kill him, for it was the neophyte wizard who finished the wyrm off.
And that’s my point, things will happen succeed or fail and the guide needs to let them happen whether the consequences are good or bad or the Personae. While the players also need to be responsible for the consequences of their actions. Keep in mind that destroying the villain Rahotep -the Necropolis adventure- will free a demon of some power and he may have to be dealt with later.
So be ready and willing to take responsibility, for that is the price of freedom.