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Cemendur
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« Reply #30 on: August 27, 2003, 03:25:06 PM »

Actually, in everyday usage, mechanics can be used singular or plural. I agree that a mechanic is a worker skilled in making or repairing machines and tools.

In psychology, mechanism means the automatic and consistent response of an organism to various stimuli. This might have an application here too.

Walt, I will respect your quarky use of mechanism as singular for mechanics. If we can come to a consensus on using the quantum mechanics model, I would be thrilled.

Also, method is excellent. Do you mean to use it for means which are not mechanics. Or do you mean to use it for the overall category of mechanics and non-mechanics?
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Cemendur
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« Reply #31 on: August 28, 2003, 02:29:26 AM »

Irregardless of what we call them, here are the things that I believe we are trying to name.

Resolution
A) Resolution Mechanics
A1) Fortune Resolution Mechanics
A2) Karma Resolution Mechanics
B) Drama Resolution Methods (Role-playing Resolution Methods)
 
For me mechanics are the fortune and karma of a RPG. They are a consistent set of responses. I also think this is common gamerspeak. I think Drama Resolution Methods deserve their own language.

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Erick Wujcik
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« Reply #32 on: August 28, 2003, 03:29:48 AM »

Quote from: Jack Spencer Jr
...what constitues a mechanic or not. This seems like an worthwhile topic to discuss.


From the on-line version of the Oxford English Dictionary:

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mechanic, a. and n.

   B. n.

   II. Senses relating to machines or mechanisms. See also MECHANICS n.

  6. A device, method, means.
 
  1924 M. W. BECKWITH Jamaica Anansi Stories 122 So lot of men went to the house an' try all sort of mechanic; the chil' wouldn't talk... 1990 Games Rev. Jan. 51/1 This is a neat game mechanic which should have been ripped off by more games designers.

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Jack Spencer Jr
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« Reply #33 on: August 30, 2003, 10:42:39 AM »

So mechanic = method in at least definition. Works for me and it avoids the connotations of machinery.
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