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Author Topic: Deisgn Patterns of a Successful RPG question  (Read 2971 times)

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« on: April 25, 2008, 01:43:01 PM »

I've been thumbing through John Kirk's work, and I'm having a slight difficulty understanding the differences between Gifts, Skills, and Traits. I was wondering if anyone could explain the differences to me?

In D&D, I believe skills=skills, feats=gifts, and class abilities=traits. However, I believe class abilities could also fall under gifts. Where am I going wrong?

Thanks in advance!
Selene Tan

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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2008, 01:58:03 PM »

The Trait pattern, as John Kirk describes it, is used to allow players to customize characters and specify their abilities, without the use of pre-defined ability lists. In other words, Traits are abilities or characteristics made up by the players rather than selected from the game's options.

D&D class abilities, then, are also Gifts; John Kirk mentions this as one possible way to grant gifts in the "Implementation Concerns" section of the entry on Gifts.

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