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Resource Management in RPGs

Roleplaying games are all about resource management. This game of D&D we play is often the ultimate game of resource management. Whether is be ammunition, weapons, magic, or even gold, the characters need to manage resources in order to improve. Why am I checking the stormtrooper's body in Star Wars? Because I only have so many shots left until my blaster is empty. At that time, I can either be weaponless or I can use that scavenged blaster. Why his breastplate? Well, next time I get shot in the chest, I can either say "good thing I had the breastplate" or I can say "that jerk GM told me not to worry about looting the stormtrooper in the last room." Why do I take as much gold as possible out of the dungeon? Because I, my family, and my friends have to eat.

In a roleplaying game, you put yourself in the shoes of your character. Does your character want to live? Does your character want to eat? Does your character have to support themselves outside the dungeo…

Anchor'cast 3: Games I'm Playing

Old School: Rolling

I'd like to share a game theory with you: don't roll dice unless the DM asks you to.

I have dice. I want to roll my shiny dice. I want to tell stories of how the dice failed me at a critical time or how the dice came through for me when all hope seemed lost. However, keep in mind, with a roll, there is a chance of failure. If you can talk your DM into letting you do things without making you roll, there is no failure. Or he flat out tells you that you can’t do it.

There may be times the DM doesn’t think you need to roll. Just having the skill is enough to bring you success. Or the chance of failing is so low. Or you’re going to succeed eventually, so let’s not bog the game down.

If you roll, the DM suddenly has a sanctioned random chance he can hold against you.

Regor the Sated

Regor the Sated, Hoarder of Ramen and Mice!
"My eternity is spent trying to keep the mice away from the ramen." 

I have to make these tiny cages to try to contain the mice. I can't even do it in dragon form; I have to polymorph into a gnome!
Alternately, the low intelligence dragon spends his days combing the land for ramen, while his high intelligence mice spend his time away selling his ramen out from under him for profit...or cheese.

Keep Burning Those Sacred Cows

Gaming & BS ran an episode where they answers listener questions. One was from a DM who had a player wanting to run a magic user in a no-magic world.
Keep destroying the sacred in your gaming world.
Response to a no magic world: I would think that a GM who has a no magic rule would have a good reason. I would also expect this would come up during session 0. The GM would have explained his world and his reasoning, and the players would have bought in or not at that time.
The monkey wrench: the GM obviously made an exception to the rule at some point. Why? How did it go? Did it ruin the game for the DM (who is also a player, right?), for the magic using character, or for the rest of the group...in any way, including spotlight issues? Did he tell them afterwards that there would be no more exceptions? Yes? Then stick to your guns.
No, he didn't tell them after the last magic user that he wouldn't allow it again? Well then, he left himself wide open for another player to run a…

Anchor'cast 2: Survival

Thanks to Ivy for the welcome to Anchor 'casting. I can’t figure out how to record replies, so I reply to Hobbs’ last Random Screed in my own recording. My PC doesn’t want to die!