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Started by Jared A. Sorensen, May 16, 2002, 08:39:30 PM
Quote from: Jared A. SorensenCharacter classes.In D&D, classes are roles. The game is set up to throw specific obstacles at the players who in turn, act through their characters. These obstacles are keyed to the various roles filled by the characters (which is where the party paradigm comes from). The thief's role is to deal with traps and locks. The cleric is there to provide healing and undead-killin'. The wizard is the heavy artillery and the fighter...? Well, he hits real good and hard.Roles in the game. Not job descriptions or professions. Roles.Compare and contrast with the class in say...Sorcerer.Uh, Sorcerer. That's it. The role of the player is to portray this one character type (an intense dude who summons and binds demons at the risk of his humanity). The game revolves around obstacles tailored to that role. One class.Of course, I'd be remiss if I posted without pissing off one of you simmers. ;) So take a sim game like Blue Planet. It has "infinite classes"...or rather, a total void of classes. There are no roles to fill because nothing in the game requires a specific way of dealing with obstacles that the game presents to the players. This isn't a good or bad thing, it just is.
Quote from: Jared A. SorensenFang. Use smaller words, man. You're making my head spin.
Quote from: Jared A. SorensenIt popped into my head. Your Role is what you DO.
Quote from: Jared A. SorensenImagine your character DOING something. Got that image in mind? Well, what's he doing?THAT'S your character.
Quote from: Jared A. SorensenIt popped into my head. Your Role is what you Do.Makes too much sense, I know...but it took me awhile to figure this out.In octaNe, I plan on straight-out saying: look, you want to make a character and play the game. Cool. But before you think of a name or a personality or a history or even a "type" of character, do this:Imagine your character DOING something. Got that image in mind? Well, what's he doing?
QuoteOkay, I choose to be a warrior dedicated to serving the goals of my patron diety.