thread: 2005-05-06 : A complete game has...

On 2005-05-09, Neel wrote:

Hi Ben, I certainly agree that there was a lot of system in that game but there's a difference between system and mechanics, especially in the reward system. Outwitting the GM is certainly a reward, but it's not one you can easily mechanize. By "mechanize", I mean something you can put into the text of the game and have it work reliably across many groups. (For example, what if the other players can easily read the GM? Then they probably won't get much pleasure in outwitting him or her, since it's so easy.)

This is actually the reason I haven't written it up— I don't know a good answer for your question! I've got a few ideas, but they'll have to wait until I have more time.


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