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Fairness in Play: A Series?

“That wasn’t fair!” It’s the ur critique. It’s when your childhood broke, if only a little bit. It’s the moment your budding theory of mind burst through into a terrible reality, and you realized that the game you’re playing might … Continue reading

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On Avoidance of Punching and Other Jackassery

Or, like, here’s a more obtuse angle. Contact sports are like violence. But they aren’t violence. There are parts in common, but the activities are distinct. Slamming your body into another person is often part of violence, so there are … Continue reading

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Press the Red Button for More Red Button

A while ago, I decided to do a full play-through of the Mass Effect series. I’m not a big fan of the games overall, but my roommate was playing Mass Effect 3, and I found myself inescapably enticed by that … Continue reading

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I Have a d12 in “Four-sided Triangles”

Question: how do you represent luck in a role-playing game? Let’s assume this is a fairly typical role-playing game. You roll dice to determine the outcome of certain events in the fiction. Rolling high gets you the result you want, … Continue reading

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