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61  General Discussion / Random Stuff / Re: Day of the Word Association on: September 17, 2010, 09:42:39 am
Gin
62  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: Dungeons and Dragons on: September 16, 2010, 10:36:00 pm
You're all very gracious, thank you!

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Armor makes you harder to hit for sure. It blocks the attack and protects your soft, smooth skin.
Erm, I do see the point you're trying to make. But in terms of imagining what happens it's often important to know the difference between being struck, even on the armor, and being missed. Blunt weapons don't have to touch your skin to kill you - imagine an armored knight standing with his back to a precipice and is attacked by an ogre with a big scary hammer. The knight probably has to parry or dodge to survive.

Of course, no RPG is going to handle every situation perfectly, and pointing out this one thing that D&D's rule system does badly doesn't by itself prove that it's awful. My main complaint about D&D's system is really that it's massive and complex, but still leaves holes like these which are pretty well dealt with by simpler systems. Even Kobolds Ate My Baby, an RPG contained in a 30 page black & white pamphlet, has armor reduce damage you take rather than making you hard to hit! (Incidently I didn't even remember that until just now; I was going to use KAMB to demonstrate that simple systems often take shortcuts with plausibility, but apparently not that shortcut!)

When TZH - the Mighty and Awesome RPG finally comes out, I think it will be important to know whether an attack knocks a person back (possibly into a horde of crawlers) or actually breaks skin.
63  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: Dungeons and Dragons on: September 16, 2010, 08:18:16 pm
Dungeons & Dragons is bloody awful. Edition after edition fixes peripheral problems while introducing other issues and failing to address basic problems with themes & mechanics (e.g. hit points, armor makes you harder to hit rather than harder to damage, multiracial characters wander around together, characters possess comic-book level powers, etc). D&D sours people on the entire hobby because of its soulessness and cheese, and while people may like to say that Gygax invented the genre with D&D, he didn't - just check Wikipedia and you'll see that actually Dave Arneson did, with Braunstein.

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64  General Discussion / Random Stuff / Re: Day of the Word Association on: September 15, 2010, 02:37:50 pm
Feminists
65  General Discussion / Random Stuff / Re: Dreams on: September 15, 2010, 10:35:10 am
From post #1:
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The dream started off all normal.
The world had been taken over by Zombies...
I love it.
66  General Discussion / Random Stuff / Re: Day of the Word Association on: September 15, 2010, 10:33:11 am
Lice
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