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Old-School Survival Tips

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January 28th, 2019, 1:00 pm

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Dogbert, August 3rd, 2017, 12:33 am

He who would deny you access to information

Long-gone webcomic Fear the Boot used to ironically call "the sweet spot" that starting point in a campaign full of newbie players where no one knew jack and depended on the GM to tell them how to put one foot in front of the other.

For all of Gygax' failings, one of his most pernicious and longer-lasting influences was his obsession with denying players full access to the rules. This makes no sense from any practical standpoint.

As a GM, having to bear the full burden of the rules increases my workload.

As a player, having incomplete information impairs my ability to make informed choices.

As a writer, unless you're running a game of cavepunk or the player characters had spent all of their prior existences in a vat, it makes no sense whatsoever having characters that don't even know which direction is up.

When a GM defends this tradition with zeal, that tells me lots about them, both as a GM and a person.

"Beware he who would deny you access to information, for in his heart, he dreams himself your master."


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