>>45006386 Part of the problem is that it's just so emotionally insincere. Like, you can see the points where Kurtz wants it to be heartwarming or badass or intense, but there's no real hart behind the writing.
>>45006386 Poe: The narcoleptic accountant starts noticing discrepancies int he books, but every time he does he falls asleep, and when he wakes up the discrepancy is gone. He starts getting enourmously stressed; is his boss a criminal, somehow taking advantage of the accountant's condition to remove the evidence of his crimes, or are there sinister forces at work, or is the accountant just losing his mind? Worrying about it makes him actually lose his mind, and he hallucinates that there ARE dark forces at work-- or maybe there actually are, and he hasn't lost his mind?
Kafka: Narcoleptic accountant works the books, through them understands the awful, soul-crushing nature of the bureaucracy which he serves, is himself crushed from above because his narcolepsy interferes with his crushing of those below, eventually goes to sleep hoping never to wake up.
>>45006386 >>45008377 Yes, much like the comic, you couldn't certainly make that subject matter fascinating, but that doesn't make the material as presented (in the one, accounting records, in the other, this comic) any more enjoyable to read.
>>45008583 Yes, meaning that a good author could create something with that constraint which was very interesting, as opposed to a diary written by an actual accountant. The takeaway is that Kurtz has the writing skill of a narcoleptic accountant.
the biggest problem is the format. its a newspaper strip style comic, averaging about three panels an update and updating maybe twice a week at best, that is trying to tell a grand fantasy adventure and slice of life drama at the same time. Any sense of wonder or drama is being stifled by their decision to make the comic potentially syndicatable.
>>45012390 Really? D&D's one of the most open in that regard, it eschews anti roleplaying mechanics like narrative crap, Hurt Feelings Points that penalize you for not playing your char a certain way, etc.
Its not remotely perfect but its one of the better.
>>45022142 There's some discussion/debate/yelling-back-and-forth about the topic of RPGs and the more rules heavy approaches like D&D/GURPS and the more rules light approaches such as FATE.
People who say rules light is better, often point out that D&D is an issue because if you don't have points distributed in such a way your background/RP doesn't matter, while in rules light systems you just say it fits with the character you wrote down before and you make it work.
People who says rules light is worse, often point out that rules light systems are entirely arbitrary in how you use them and don't force you to actually keep to a character as much as it just excuses you to do what you want and when you want, while in a system with more rules the way you construct your character determines their life and background.
All of that said, it really comes down to the kind of group and kind of game. Someone looking to abuse a rules light system will just come up with a bunch of bullshit to excuse literally anything. Someone looking to abuse a rules heavy system will just min-max like shit and give 0 fucks about story/background.
>>45022142 He's basically making strawman arguments about games that have functional mechanics around players rp'ing the things that happen. For example, WoD is the best example of a pnp game with very strong roleplay mechanics and a narrative eye towards the system itself. Unlike D&D, where using social mechanics and capabilities on other players is a faux paus, it is entirely expected in WoD, with both sides expected to fulfill the end of their interaction. If we were playing WoD, and I decided to attempt to seduce your character, and succeeded, then you as a player would be obligated to follow thru on that line of rp with your pc.
>>45007882 What reasons? > epic Please don't misuse a genre like that. Unless it is a tale that fits the definition of epic (Surpassing the usual or ordinary, particularly in scope or size), don't use epic.
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