Intwischa’s Vitruvian RPG Character Sheet

I love coming up with an elaborate character backstory. I suck at remembering it in play. Thus, my character sheets end up a study in marginalia: scrawled near the top of the sheet is the reminder that this character is characterized by a wise laziness and always seeks the most effective path of least resistance….

Thinking About Systems

Reading Charlie’s commentary from last week got me thinking about how mechanics affect role playing.  Most RPGs are fairly complex games.  As such, they can be enjoyed on many levels.  This is where the old Gamist/Narrativeist/Simulationist discussion would come in, but that’s really not the point of this post.  What is the point, however, is that…

Playing your Character: What’s my name again?

My name is Charlie. I’m a mechanoholic. It’s true. My disease compels me to pursue the best mechanical benefit in any situation, regardless of whether my character would actually do the thing or not. I can resist mechanics-driven impulses when playing games like FATE or old-school D&D knockoffs, but when I start playing 4E, all fiddly…