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Mar. 31st, 2005 @ 09:54 am Boy this turn just jumped out of nowhere!
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Date:March 31st, 2005 07:12 pm (UTC)

I'm still ambivalent

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I generally like to see consistancy in judging. It makes the playing field level(er) than the somewhat chaotic turn that #11 is turning into. Mind you, I am not necessarily against chaos, but I think it's possible that it might be detrimental. Take, for instance, the first argument of the turn. todfox ruled it as average, while cihuacoatl thought it strong. I can see both of their points, but the issue remains that a single unifying judge would see things more uniformly.

Plus, this avoids (or at least minimizes) acrimonious attacks between players. "Well, he didn't judge my argument highly enough, so I'm going to give him a crappy rating for his."

Of course, I'm somewhat of a traditionalist when it comes to worldbuilding for games, and while I'm in favor of player contributions, the very idea of worldbuilding via Matrix Gaming (or, for that matter, via some of the more avant-guard Forge games) rankles for me. Personal taste, I know, but I appreciate immersion in a world which has been birthed by a single mind, rather than a committee that includes myself.
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Date:March 31st, 2005 09:52 pm (UTC)

Re: I'm still ambivalent

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Acrimony between players drives matrix arguments out of the game. All arguments get ruled as very weak so they only happen on a roll of 6. What this does is slow games down to a crawl. In the end it won't change the outcome. It just gives the dice gods more say.

This happened to my wife in a War of the Worlds Matrix Game I did in Nashville TN in the 90's. The players were one another's referees. The men opposite my wife ruled all her arguments very weak so she stopped making them and concentrated in blowing them into little bits with her Martian walkers. They made a big mistake! They should have looked at the rules behind the MG and seen that the Martians had everything. It was the humans who needed the arguments not Terri.

One thing that can be said for this turns anarchy is that it is "realistic." My take on the world is that it is made up of the actions we all make. Billions of voices not agreeing. Yet in this chaos is order. Now that's logical design for you!
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Date:April 1st, 2005 10:36 am (UTC)

Re: I'm still ambivalent

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>>Yet in this chaos is order. Now that's logical design for you!


Hey, its how THIS world is made. Any walk down a wooden path can show ya that!

Glad you liked the fun. I had a feeling something like this would happen when the flood gates were unhinged.