2004-12-24 : Archive 138
A friend of mine said to me over thanksgiving that RPG rules are just whatever, right? What matters is the group and the setting.
There's a good bit of that in response to my last post here, too.
Now, it's pointless to argue points of theory - Task Resolution vs. Conflict Resolution, GM Fiat, GMful play, FitM vs. FatE, Story Now vs. pastiche vs. polemics, whatever - it's pointless to argue those without first establishing that, in fact, the rules you play by matter.
So here are four questions for Jonathan, Trav, and anybody else on the "the group matters, the rules don't" side:
I think you'd agree that groups have styles. My group's style is different from yours, for instance. I also think you'd agree that different groups' styles lead to and are better suited to different types of play. My group's style leads to co-GMed play, for instance, while your group's style wouldn't be (as) well-suited to it.
1) Would you agree that a group's style depends on particular techniques, all acting more-or-less together? My group, for instance, uses particular specific techniques to make co-GMed play work?
2) Would you agree that a group could learn new techniques and thereby change its style? My group could, if it wanted, learn some of the techniques your group uses, thus changing our style to better suit your type of play?
3) Would you agree that a group could, with sufficient experience, change its style intentionally to adapt to particular types of play, by choosing which techniques they'll use? Having learned some of your techniques, my group could choose which set of techniques to use, to get the kind of play we're currently after?
4) Would you agree that it's possible to communicate in writing about the techniques a group uses? Your group could, for instance, write down how you play well enough that my group could learn techniques from it?
1. On 2004-12-24, Tom said:
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