thread: 2009-06-08 : Restating: Fictional Causes and Realization

On 2009-06-09, valamir wrote:

I guess what I'm saying is that your designer friends' observation is not necessarily true.  Its not that the fiction isn't being realized; it is...its just being realized inside the players' heads rather than realized out in the SIS.  IMO the majority of all fiction in all games is primarily realized inside the players' heads.

To the extent that your game looks low cal game maybe that means the ratio of fictional realization is 90% inside the players' heads and 10% in the SIS.  In a "high cal - lead with the fiction" game maybe its 80% inside the players' heads and 20% in the SIS.

No point in quibbling over the precision of the percentages, my point is that it will never ever ever be 20% just in your head and 80% in the SIS.  Even movies don't achieve that level of shared imagining.

So we're not talking about a spectrum between two extremes.  What we're really talking about is a spectrum that lies between "Really Far Right" and "Really Really Far Right"...because just "Sort of Far Right" is all but impossible to achieve, and "Somewhat Left" is out of the question entirely.


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