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Episode 453: The Chicago Discount

July 9th, 2021 | Robin

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One Response to “Episode 453: The Chicago Discount”

  1. Douglas Sundseth says:

    Roleplaying disadvantages (and enemies, and a variety of other similar things) are inherently player requests for more control over the narrative. Why would you give a character more power because his player wants control over your world?

    The answer in 7th Sea RPG is that you actually give the character less power (charge points for taking disads). In return, if the GM decides that a character being hunted by gray aliens (or having spiders menace the arachnophobe, or whatever) would be really fun, the player is rewarded with extra points each time that comes up in play.

    This reverses the incentive structure in a way that I think is really elegant. If a character has a disadvantage that comes up all the time (and is thus a real disadvantage), that character will pay off the points originally spent and eventually get a benefit for coming up with something that helps the game play. If a character has an uninteresting (or meaningless) disadvantage (and only the GM gets to decide whether it’s really uninteresting, by using or not using it), then it just costs points.

    This also incents the player to confer with the GM before the game to make sure that his idea of having parents who are serial killers is actually something that will be used in play.

    FWIW, I now use a variant of this for all games that usually give points for disadvantages; it works great in Hero System.

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