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It says “use these mechanics every damn time. In other words, the action-filled “male” genres where playing out power fantasies is a big part of the point, and relationships would just get in the way of that.

You just got to town.

As the nights falls, they spend some time yrollbabe. It’s an interesting topic that I might want to return to; if you are interested in it, go and read his essay Naked went the gamer.

Sometimes, that freee mean she interacts deeply with it; sometimes, it may mean that conflict goes its own way, perhaps a completely non-climactic way, while the trollbabe pursues other interests.

Many of them, including popular ones, are obviously not about being awesome action heroes. These were the stakes of the conflict: If anything, Trollbabe seems to be designed to explore the tension between being different and an outsider on the one hand, and being part of the world and having grollbabe with people on the other hand.

Judge as you please.

The Gaming Philosopher: [Trollbabe] Why trollbabes aren’t dogs

Just when she has arrived, the priest arrives as well with a small group of trolls. Unless someone is actively trying to stop her from getting to the prince then there’s no reason to roll. It’s not that you’re “free to ignore the rules when you want”; rather, the point is to recognize that willingly engaging in the conflict resolution mechanics in a game like Trollbabe is a question of social consensus or at least understanding.


I do agree that Geralt’s actions aren’t exactly problematised by the game, partly through the mechanism everyone else is worse that you describe. I recently got interested in Trollbabe.

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Only if they haven’t let go of the piece? It’s not quite a one-to-one rendering of the rule-book, but it’s pretty close. The world belongs to me. I went away for the weekend and here you all are, laying down the analysis like that. But first a trillbabe point about the stakes.

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When you see groups doing this it’s a symptom indicating that the game they’re using is not totally supporting their play priorities. You cannot use multiple skills at the same time. For what it’s worth, I stand by the concept of indirect conflict.

But you have to actually do something to make this work. Eero, let’s do it! That aside, I’m left with a couple of questions lingering that I’m hoping people can help me out with. I’m talking about things like writing scrolls, collecting ingredients and charms and other spell components, chanting, mixing potions, drawing symbols and wards, etc.

Trollbabe magic can do basically anything that’s scale appropriate. That includes the person who plays the Lone Badass. After all, in such a tightly relationship-based game, it makes sense to think of such conflicts as only being interesting when they would do something an NPC doesn’t like.


In fact it could probably have ended earlier, after Lida’s first defeat at the village. Each round involves the trollbabe rolling a die for the appropriate skill. The game also has a concept of “scale”, beginning with adventures that affect one or two people and escalating between sessions on player request up to a scale where the trollbabes’ actions affect, potentially, all humans and all trolls.

I think classic RPG behaviour goes something like this: Remko van der Pluijm and I got back online on Google Hangouts this week.

One NPC might work if they have a really interesting relationship with the moral problem, but I think things might have gone better if there’d been two NPCs with conflicting agendas whom Lida had been able to build connections with.

I’ll be interested to see if you find something. Perhaps it is just that the kind of story Trollbabe is designed to tell doesn’t appeal much to Remko and me. The trollbabes in Trollbabeon the other hand, have neither authority nor responsibility. The GM can say “no, that action type is not available” to the player after the player declares a conflict, but the player can’t say “no, I’m using Social not Fighting in this conflict” to the GM after the Freee declares a conflict.