Re: [FateRPG] Fate Core:Continuous Damage?
- Ok, Fred and everyone else, I went back and read my email again.I'm sorry. I don't know why, but this one thing really gets me worked up. and I'm not generally like this; I post on other game systems too, and I don't get any more worked up than anyone else on those items. For some reason, this one has always irked me to no end, and I'm not sure why.That isn't an excuse, just an explanation, albeit a rather poor one. I got into some heated arguments a year or two ago on the DFRPG boards too. Maybe it's because my first conversation on this got very heated and since then I've overreacted when it comes up. Maybe I need to just take a few deep breaths - or vodka.Anyway, sorry about stirring the pot without reason. I'll chill out now.James
From: Fred Hicks <evilhat@...>
Sent: Thursday, May 23, 2013 4:43 PM
Subject: Re: [FateRPG] Fate Core:Continuous Damage?
James, please stop getting aggro here. It's not going to help the conversation.Let's look at what the actual gamer-intent is here. This is where I think some of the feedback you're seeing is coming from."I want to set something on fire, and have that fire continue to do craploads of damage to the target while I also do other things to damage the target."Okay. That's the specifics. Now here's the intent:"I want to create an effect that doesn't use my action each turn, yet acts each turn essentially on my behalf, doubling my effectiveness, at no particular extra cost to me."That's where the problem comes into being.So let's say you bring that intent to my game where I'm GMing. I'm Fate savvy. I know about the fractal; all the fractal tells me is that whenever some previously unconsidered/unimplemented rule thing comes up, I should turn to the principle "treat everything like a character" and work out from that.We establish that you have gasoline, a garden mister full of it, and a convenient lighter that you somehow won't blow yourself up with when you mist your opponent and then make sparks with your other hand. Peachy.There's your opponent. He's not particularly spry so he doesn't run for the hills when you mist him with a refreshing summer-shower of high octane petrol.You light him on fire. He tries to dodge away from this too, but, see: not particularly spry.Now here I am as the GM. I've been around the block a few times so I know how to decode your intent. (See above.)Part of my job is proceeding with fairness and in a way that respects the story. I could fuck it up here and not respect your story as a pyromaniac who likes to set people on fire as a reasonable course of action. That'd be bad. I'm also looking to enforce fairness in the game as it operates. Some of your intent goes against that fairness, so if I let it run wild and free, that would be bad too. Maybe this is an impasse, maybe it isn't.Here's how I decide to thread that needle:I decide that this here is a Good(+3) fire that you've created. It's going to attack Mister (Not At All) Spry each turn. Great. I'm reflecting and respecting your part in the fiction, Mister Insane Pyro Dude.But here's the part of the intent where the other part of my job as an enforcer of fairness kicks in: if the fire is a character, and that character is an ally that you summoned into being for not particularly much effort, and that fire is totally doing exactly what you want, then there's not much fairness from a system perspective going on.I'm lucky, though. You brought fire to the party. And you know what?Fire is a dick.Mister Spry may not actually be spry but he's tough as hell and trying to bat the fire out on his turn. That might reduce the skill rating it has if he's effective. Might even make the fire go away.But assuming it's still there, well, like I said. Fire is a dick.You get close with that gasoline contraption again, you might find out the fire's attacking you.Mister Spry stumbles around this place... where is this place? Your warehouse? Apartment complex? Whatever. Fire's going to attack *that* too. Now your surroundings are on fire. More fire (dicks, all of them) show up and start attacking everything they can reach.Now as a GM my sense of fairness is satisfied. You've brought fire into the equation. But fire isn't your friend.
- Just thought I'd throw this in.In my game, victims that are so incompetent as to not back up and let the dude running about with gasoline misters blow themselves up, tend to be nameless. Like of the one or two stress and they are kaput level. So, if a pryo PC attacks and describes what they are doing as dousing with gasoline and lighting them up, I tend to do two things. For one, the nameless guy is Taken Out if Pyro PC with Pigtails is very successful. Second, I ALSO create a little fire character which then attacks anything flammable that might have also been "misted".:)DEOn May 23, 2013, at 4:43 PM, Fred Hicks <evilhat@...> wrote:
James, please stop getting aggro here. It's not going to help the conversation.