2005-02-05 : Archive 169
Player input mechanics like fan-mail(PtA) and trust(tMW), and the dynamics they create between players.
Providing adversity to yourself and others. Creating a social contract the lets you take the kid gloves off while staying friends.
The former outlines the answer to the latter. Permission and expectation, baby!
Trust in the Mountain Witch, for instance. I say "my character Trusts yours 4." What I mean is "you may inflict 4 worth of grief on my character, if you like." Then I act on my Dark Fate and you act on yours, and that permission becomes expectation: "it wouldn't make any sense for you to not inflict 4 worth of grief on me, now."
(Both helping and betraying are grief. Either propels me toward my Dark Fate, which is grievous. Come to think of it, 0 Trust can too. That game!)
I see Primetime Adventures' Producer's Budget as permission too, not constraint. The whole Fanmail economy depends on me pitching in hard against the PCs. You're depending on me to inflict grief upon your characters, not just socially but mechanically too.
I had a conversation with Paul Czege about this once, about EPICS. When the GM can do anything, the conversation went, everything the GM does feels like cheating. When the GM is under good constraints, she's free to hose your character. To the fullest extent of the law, like.
Universalis does permission and expectation by giving everybody coins for being in a conflict - when I launch a conflict on you, you don't mind, there's coins in it for you too. Universalis doesn't promote the intense personal identification that the Mountain Witch does.
Somebody talk about how My Life with Master creates permission and expectation between the players, too. It's pretty obvious how the rules insist that the GM inflict grief upon the PCs, but what about one player inflicting grief upon another's PC? I'll bet there are some interesting and subtle dynamics at work, there.
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