29 July 2009

Thinking in mechanics

Robin Laws posted an example of play he’d written for HeroQuest (the role-playing game...not the board game) that didn’t make the cut.

That example strikes me as exactly the kind of “thinking in mechanics” that is—for me—antithetical to role-playing games. It’s interesting, though, in that HeroQuest seems to be fairly different than more traditional role-playing games. Yet, I think I dislike “thinking in mechanics” here even more.

Now, it is an example designed to clarify the games mechanics. So, I’d hesitate to extend this observation into a criticism of HeroQuest.

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