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Started by Darcy Burgess, August 26, 2005, 12:37:34 PM
Quote from: Ron Edwards on August 26, 2005, 07:16:47 PM3. None of this has anything to do with stifling creativity. It is all about avoiding the pitfall of "genre safety," in which the demons are an understood quantity of a known universe. Remember: demons do not exist. Say it again: "in our game-world, the fictional one in which we are making a Sorcerer story, demons do not exist."I'm serious. They don't. Sorcerer is not about playing a game in a world in which demons exist. They don't exist there.Now you get the idea, I hope. "But my character has one" should prompt exactly the response you'd expect.
Quote from: jburneko on August 26, 2005, 08:39:51 PMThe non-existence of demons is one of those things I occasionally shake my fist at Ron for not including explicitly in anywhere in the books. It's a vital and key concept to the game.
Quote from: GreatWolf on August 27, 2005, 08:47:15 PMThink about your average ghost story. Normally, the setting is "the real world". Not "the real world plus ghosts". That would be Wraith or Orpheus or Ghostbusters. Just the normal world, where people get up in the morning and go to work, just like every day. There are no such things as ghosts...except that you have just seen a ghost. There is a sense of wrongness that pervades this appearance. Ghosts don't exist. Everyone knows that. But you are looking at one. Its entire existence is a violation of reality, which makes it horrifying.Now, take this to the next level. Ghosts don't exist, but you went looking for one...and were successful. Ghosts don't exist, but your need for something has forced you to bind one to your needs. If ghosts were a normal part of the world (even an evil part), then this would "merely" be technology manipulating the "natural" world. But ghosts aren't a natural part of the world. This is what makes them transgressive, and that's what makes ghost stories horror stories (i.e. stories about violation).