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Jacob Possin
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A game designer masquerading as a lighting designer
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I have been trying to sort out an idea in game design for a while now. The idea that a bonus can be a penalty. It started with running exalted for years. I noticed that there was some odd behavior happening. See exalted has this mechanic called stunting. When you describe an action in more than the barest description you get bonus dice. You get one die if you add some flowery prose, two dice if you use that description in relation to fictional positioning, and three dicewhen you do that and everyone at the table is wowed. Now you get more than dice you also gain the in game magic power back when you do it.

The behavior I would see was in two forms. The first was the desire to stunt every time and occasionally holding up the gameplay to come up with a good one. The other was a sort of bitterness at the mechanic. I had one friend actually breakdown in tears and flee the room because she could not come up with a stunt. Rather than being a fun little mechanic that added some spice to the game stunting had become a necessary tactical and strategic maneuver. If you weren't very good at it, or if you treated it like the small add-on it was supposed to be you were losing both the limelite and the ability to really engage with the system.

That was where I got the idea that a bonus us the same as a penalty. But I can't work out how to express and dissect the idea in order to better design games.
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Second Game Of Christmas 2018
Previous Games of Christmas: Earthdawn Sometimes to fight great evil, one must turn to another type of evil. When heroes fall, and systems collapse, sometimes all you have left is the lesser evil. That is the idea behind today's game. Supervillains save the...
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Today we are digging into Earthdawn. Should be fun. Let me know what you think.
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