Sorry missed responding to this earlier.
>From: "Darren Hill" <rpglists@...>
>On Tue, 08 Feb 2005 12:22:52 -0600, Mike Holmes
> > I'll take a different tac here entirely. I use conflict
> > there
> > is no accumulation of penalties in a contest. So the question is
>Is this a requirement for conflict resolution?
No. Conflict resolution allows for you to use this simpler method. I
don't really care about the "accumulation of penalties" in play. I'd
rather just have the inputs, roll a result, and narrate whatever I
want that matches the mechanical outcome.
>I don't see off-hand why
>you couldn't have conflict resolution without accumulating
>the conflict swings one way.
Well, conflict resolution (called scene resolution in FATE) just gets
you past all of that in-between mechanical detail. Personally, I
don't think that such systems that provide these "swings" often
really do provide much, I find that the interesting stuff happens
with the decisions made before or after the die rolls mostly as
opposed to round to round. The round to round stuff is just extra
steps to get to the outcome which is the fun part, for me.
Now, if you wanted to match, say, Hero Quest, and have a method where
you had just rising tension, but no penalties until the outcome? Then
I'd advocate an exchange system like somebody proposed where there is
no "death spiral" and you just measure "Boxes" or something towards
success. Nobody gets any lasting penalties until the actual outcome.
This is the same as the overall conflict resolution, except that it
breaks down the contest into smaller bits for description back and
forth (which seems to be what people are looking for).
No it doesn't allow for lasting injuries to be sustained during a
contest. I think that in dramatic stuff, and even in real life, such
are rare to non-existent. For example, in fights people simply don't
whittle each other down with increasingly worse and worse injuries.
Even in Kung Fu fights, the hits really don't have any lasting
effect, and can totally be considered "situational". In fact that's
the only way I consider to be "accurate" for doing such a fight.