Re: Re: stretches and credibility checks - anyone else having difficulty?
Absolutely. In my Space Opera game, the properties of jump engines are
pretty well laid out. When making the world, the players and I sat
around and decided what we wanted the travel system to work like, where
the choke points were dramatically, and what effect that had on the
world. This way we were all on the same page. Same with weaponry and
whether or not there were aliens. None of those things are "statted
out" in terms of HQ abilities. A Jump 1 engine can jump around 4
light-years. That's just what it does. "Awesome Jump Engine 10W" is used
for when it is dramatically appropriate, or being pushed, or otherwise
worth considering in a contest. It still jumps 4 light years.
> It depends what you mean by 'stat out'. I would suggest that, in most
> sci-fi settings, it would make sense to define what the weapons (and
> other technology, for that matter) do in at least broad terms. The
> players have to have a common frame of reference, or they might have
> quite different ideas about what a "plasma blaster" actually is. This is
> the sort of thing that a Genre Pack should be covering. It doesn't
> necessarily need to state the range of a plasma blaster (or whatever) in
> metres, but at least some sort of idea is a good thing, IMO.
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