Learning a new game, there’s a few ways to approach an rpg. The obvious way is to read the book. There can be other ways, certainly.
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- If you weren't so on point with the sound quality how would anyone notice the train coming?35w
- Listening to the part where the person that wrote in about the players only rolling dice.
The only problem I see with any of it is he is citing the idea that it's there to fix things, things he doesn't see as a problem. And in many games like the Cypher system I don't think it is. It's not saying all other ways are flawed and should not be played. It says this technique is good for the kind of narration heavy games the Cypher system was ment to handle. It's a system that matches the style of game that the system hopes to emulate....Not fix this flaw inherit to all other dice techniques.35w
- On your convention question, you didn't mention that we just had (were still having while you were recording the episode, in fact) a gaming-only, three day convention here in Madison. :/ I call this particular kind of convention a 'Play Con'.35w
- Brett BModerator+1good point. Sorry about that35w
- hey a new episode sweet got something to listen to on my way home from work. Thanks guys35w
- I enjoyed the episode. I agree that reading the book is ideal, but if I can get the players to just read through the players' section and the mechanics I'm satisfied.
I have come up with another option that helps the players and me.
1. Before creating characters, I'll prepare a 'character creation guide'. It includes the necessary steps and options to creating a character with page number references.
2. I also prepare a rules summary. This includes the mechanical basics necessary for combat, skill use, etc. Any common options that tend to come up in games will be included. Again, I include page number references.
3. Finally, I prepare a setting summary. This hits the highlights for what the characters need to know. If I know what types of characters are under consideration I can slant that info accordingly.
This usually results in just a few pages of information, much easier to absorb than several chapters. If they want to read more, by all means, I encourage it.
This also helps me. It helps me cement my understanding of the rules and setting by forcing me to select, summarize and write it all down. It also acts as a quick reference guide in the future.35w