First post of the new year. This time I'm attacking the “Intelligence is only for magic users” dilemma in Hero Kids. I propose a simple change with long reaching benefits.
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- I agree that the design process for Hero Kids seems to have been combat stats first, skills second. Yours is an elegant fix.Jan 9, 2016
- ThanksElegance was the target, I'm glad I hit it. One other possibility this fix opens as well is the ability to key magic use of other Attributes. Imagine a Fighter who empowers their Melee attacks with magical energy (using Str die pool for magic attacks, or a Monk who defends themselves with magical Chi energy (using their Def for a magical Bonus Ability which confers passive defense.).
Of course, the logical end point extension of this idea is to also split "Melee" from Strength, and "Ranged" from Dexterity, making Bonus Abilities to cover their usage and allow mixing and matching. The Fencer who uses Dex for Melee Attacks, the Highlander who uses Strength to Caber toss his opponents into submission, etc. I didn't get into this in my blog post though because it was getting long enough at it was!Jan 9, 2016
- I agree about the logical endpoint, It would make a lot more sense for less combat oriented adventures. But would it also make the combat system more difficult to explain/visualize? I'm currently working on some hero kids compatible stuff, and this seams an interesting thing to incorporate.Jan 9, 2016
- , that's why for Dungeonteller I used a concrete list of ten (mostly) verbs: Battle, Magic, Make, Muscle, Notice, Resist, Shoot, Sneak, Stunt, and Talk. It's much easier for kids and other novices to know what to do with "Notice 5 dice" rather than "Intelligence 3". The less distilling or interpreting the stats needed, the better.Jan 10, 2016
- You may be interested (from a system design perspective) in the post I wrote on my blog last month wherein I outlined a similar skill system for Hero Kids. I haven't checked out Dungeonteller yet. Do you think it would be playable by a 4 year old?Jan 10, 2016
- that's what it was designed to do, so the answer is yes.Jan 10, 2016
- Inspired by this discussion, I developed an alternative Hero Kids Character Card layout. It is released for free under the Hero Kids Compatibility Licence. It is available at http://wimlepage.com/hero-kidsFeb 1, 2016
- I really like your approach to the Hero Cards. I will be grafting a couple of your ideas for my Hero Card layout. It's good to see these ideas spreading further.Feb 1, 2016
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