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Episode 462: I Can Turn Him Into a Skink

September 10th, 2021 | Robin

The Gaming Hut kicks off a series looking at the axes of RPG design, so appropriately enough we start with elegance.

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3 Responses to “Episode 462: I Can Turn Him Into a Skink”

  1. Douglas Sundseth says:

    For a game where “variety”/”ornament” is core to the game experience (and not in a Dangerous Dimensions/Dangerous Journeys way), I’d point to Deadlands (the original version), where every possible resolution system known to gaming at the time shows up somewhere.

  2. Fun fact: JoDee (my wife) is a member of the AAVSO and her research focus is on variable stars. Got a big ol’ grin over here listening to this episode. Thank you!

  3. Hank Harwell says:

    I’d like to nominate for consideration as an elegant system Risus, the game designed in 5-7 pages total.

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