Re: Digest Number 217

From: t.s.baguley_at_...
Date: Tue, 8 Aug 2000 14:34:33 +0100

>playtest an early version of the rules.
>What I would like to see is more actual GAMING guidance. Most newbies
>are extremely confused about the difference between an Affinity, a
>Feat (about -3 AFAIK) and a Secret and when is it suitable to use an
>ability to get augmentation orcreate some wholly new effect (such as
>flight or healing).
>If one is quite happy to wing it then generally you can muddle
>through in the end but this is not the case for many gamers. Greg can
>say 'f**k the numbers' but in the end, the GAME stands on those
>numbers, as you point out in the case above.

Now Greg's words are being distorted beyond all recognition by Chinese Whispers. He said in response to a specific question (which may or may not have been well-phrased) that Gloranthans don't know the numbers. He also said (in his position piece) that an earlier HW draft which had NO numbers (as he'd wanted) was rejected because it made a poor game.

Personally, I think the core HW rules work fine, but a few desirable (bordering on essential in some cases) improvements would be:

So far I'm finding the game playable with newbies and more flexible than RQ. (Much to my surprise, archery hasn't been a problem).


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