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Started by Christopher Kubasik, April 20, 2005, 12:38:24 PM
QuoteIf anyone were to try to push the logic of these tales to rational limits... the tales would quickly fall apart. Because that's not the job of these tales.
Quote from: contracycleRatgher likie, lets say, the Alien in Alien et al. LLots of people have wondered about the Alien, includeing me, but as far as I can tell there is no underlying logic to its structure. I do not think there ever was any thought put into making it a "plausible" space critter - it is assembled fairly randomly from component parts that frighten humans, thats all. Investigating it is a mistake; it should be treated on symbolic and iconic terms, not logical or simulationist ones.
Quote from: joshua neffI've never thought of the alien in the Alien movies as anything else. It's a creature in a horror movie meant to scare the audience. How else would you think of it?
Quote from: contracycleit should be treated on symbolic and iconic terms, not logical or simulationist ones.Thats great for a medium in which your audience cannot ask questions. I fiund it much much less great for a medium in which asking question-and-answer is fundmanetal to establishing the imaginary space.
QuoteIn this regard, I can imagine Glorantha as one large collection of props, to be used in RPG's. It would make more sense if it appeared only in this way, rather than trying to reconcile its conflicts into one world
QuoteBut I can imagine someone very much like Gareth (but not Gareth, cause I don't wanna speak for him), jumping in and saying, "Wait. What big man? How big? Where did he stand when he was drinking the water? Did he objectivley do this? Or is this one of those damned things this tribe believes, but did't really happen -- or maybe did kind of happen, and kind of didn't happen -- so it answers nothing. And where are his bones?" Now. All of those questions could be answered to in the manner the Shaman asks in your example above. I believe the problem would be, almost like playing Baron Munchausen, our much-like-Gareth guy would hound you (with logic, however, not more fancy) until all the Glorantha had been re-written to justify the existence of the Big Man who drank the ocean.
QuoteI'm not saying that people aren't allowed to ask questions -- I have no idea where that idea got started. I am saying that some people accept some kinds of answers, and others don't.
QuoteAnd the significant thing is (I hope) WHY the PC wrestled the Angel to the ground.