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Posted By: John Powellxkcd could just have easily been summing up RPGs!
Posted By: Zac in VirginiaSeriously, though, has anyone ever played a game where you roll dice at the very beginning of a play process, without any fictional input at all? It's gotta be like being a damn oracle or something.
Posted By: Zac in VirginiaYes, but the problem with sports commentary, and economics, is that they are forced to infer narrative FROM the numbers. Whereas we RPGers have the advantage of sometimes devising fictional content, plugging it into some numbers, and then inferring more fiction from it!
Posted By: Mr. TeapotMuch of both consist of "create a narrative, fit the numbers into it, then create a new narrative from there."
Posted By: Zac in Virginiayou roll dice at the very beginning of a play process, without any fictional input at all?
Posted By: Zac in Virginia"play process" meaning the start of a mechanical process in the middle of a play session.And I'd say the difference is that D&D gives you some "outcomes" to choose from after you roll stats.
Posted By: JDCorleyRight, like D&D character creation. You roll some dice, assign them to ability scores?
Posted By: Zac in VirginiaD&D gives you some "outcomes" to choose from after you roll stats.