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An Observation

Some gamers seem to think that BRP is an excellent system, easily adaptable to every possible genre. They go on to extole the virtues of a twenty-year-old cludged percentile cesspit of a system as if it were the second coming of Christ despite it embodying everything that stopped a whole generation of gamers even looking at percentile systems and thus dismissing Unknown Armies, which does things with percentile dice that make BRP scream like a bitch.

Note that these are a small subset of BRP fans who happen to be voiciferous, not the entirety of BRP fans.

Said gamers demonstrate their system's "obvious superiority" at the same time as voicing their dislike of die-pool systems, usually Storyteller or Storytelling though occasionally also Shadowrun. It's as if, for them, BRP is the only system that's any good and anyone who wants to use die pools are wrongheaded.

These gamers should be purged from the earth with fire. I can handle everything else, but I can't handle a BRP fan on a onetrueway kick.



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Aug. 25th, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
Aug. 25th, 2008 11:14 pm (UTC)
I feel that way about any group that believes that any one game system is the "ultimate" or "only" way to do things. (Or people who automatically despise a system regardless of setting. "I can't play a game that uses dots to measure character stats.")

Closed-minded gamers never made sense to me.
Aug. 25th, 2008 11:54 pm (UTC)
There are a lot of one true wayists that need to kiss the flame, but they do qualify.

of course the sheer amount of systems recommend for any genre is dizzying. Most of the systems I like I would not recommend far outside their setting not because I dislike them but they are designed to model as specific thing. I get confused when similar (or those) systems are recommended for other genres especially.

I dont think BRP is the worst, but it does not draw me. Of course, I like die pools.
Aug. 26th, 2008 12:46 am (UTC)
Is this a bell curve / uniform distribution issue?

Hmph, 3d6 is the only true way forward. I thought everyone knew that.
Aug. 26th, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)
I should qualify that with a "for simplicity's sake". I like playing with loads of different dice systems, and overall prefer dice pools, although Shadowrun does seem to be taking the piss somewhat. 1d20 or a d% have their moments, although it helps if the system backing it is sufficiently well thought out.
Aug. 26th, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)
Even as someone who prefers BRP - heck who was a pretty damn involved playtester - I still want to see a link to that argument.
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