RPG: What do you look for?

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RPG: What do you look for?

Post by Cloak-n-Dagger » Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:12 am

As a related topic to my previous post, I'm curious what aspects players look for when playing a game like (A)D&D.

What makes it fun? What doesn't make it fun? Are fewer or more options a good thing or bad? Should mechanics be simple or slightly more complex? Which rules seem to work and which ones don't?

Personally I like the idea of keeping game mechanics simple, but I like the idea of having more player options as long as it doesn't cause overwhelming bloat. Its a fine line to get that perfect balance so that the game is fun to play and DM.

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Post by Ancalagon » Wed Oct 25, 2017 12:12 am

Things that help make it fun:
A mix of good people playing the game!
Clearly written rules that make sense and fairly adjudicated by the DM.
A few options are good (subclasses, optional systems that work)
Having to earn those level advancements!

Not Fun
Having a "bad apple" or player with incompatible style at the game table.
Poor DM who coddles players and runs Monty Haul style
All post-TSR versions of D&D, Pathfinder
Endless splatbooks
Dense and complex mechanics - I just don't have the time or energy anymore to learn stuff like Phoenix Command
Static initiative

Should mechanics be simple or slightly more complex?
Simple is fun but a little extra can be, too. E.g weapon adjustment v armor type, enforcing spell material components, alternate casting systems, armor as damage reduction, different initiative systems

More to come...

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