thread: 2008-03-03 : The Owe List
On 2008-03-07, Vincent wrote:
My answer is pure where the hell does Vincent get off?
My engagmement with my character (I’ll use me as an example) isn’t a compelling enough reason for everybody else to let me keep playing her. Neither is their engagement! She has to pull her own weight, objectively, not just be likable or whatever, to deserve a slot in a future session.
I expect most people to play like Mo and I do, unswayed in the moment by the “reward” you get for going up against bigger dice, instead playing the character passionately and with integrity. It’s important to the game that you know during character creation how a character goes onto the owe list, so that you can create a character such that playing her passionately and with integrity is more likely to give her long-term legs, if long-term legs is what you want for her. But in the moment of play, I expect my character to take over.
The owe list rules are there to make objective judgments about whether my character’s worth our time, when all of our personal subjective judgments are clouded by our engagement with her - stuff like how much we like her and my portrayal of her and whether she’s on top or on bottom and whether her story’s done or not. PTA fan mail stuff. That stuff’s irrelevant to whether she deserves to see more play.
See? Where the HELL do I get off?