On Mon, Jul 21, 2008 at 11:12 PM, L C <lightcastle_at_zYXT_mmetAbtxG0YnXVBQulcb1U-XfI3yqDXQzNLVste0sbHsmjKtMPoOTo1d8yXRQYh_fLxexkQ1T5a.yahoo.invalid> wrote:
> John Hughes wrote:
>> "Don't mention the gyrda!" is of course the latest variant on a
>> time-honoured Gloranthan adage, "Don't mention the women".
This coming from an Ossie. What is the world coming to?
>> While KISS is a noble goal in design, meaningful talk about its
I haven't the foggiest idea what KISS means and if I'm not mistaken, it was introduced as part of an argument about the use of jargon. Perhaps this is illustrative.
>> If I wanted flavourless, juvenile generic boys-own fantasy, I have
>> plenty of choices, many with much better support than Glorantha. I
With the sort of discussion going on here (John's comments aside - at least they are always worth a read), I'm looking seriously at juvenile generic boys-own fantasy as a relaxing, unassuming alternative.
>> could always port the ducks ... Glorantha may be an eighties ghetto,
>> but its a wonderful, flawed, idiosyncratic and deeply detailed ghetto
>> that I love. Mostly.
> I don't even consider it an 80s ghetto. It might be a ghetto of some
> sort, but I find little that is specifically 80s about it.
Does "Hyrdy Gyrdy Mushroom Man" not ring any bells? Or is that too British a reference?
[What is very eighties about it to me is that in the eighties I was a teenager. Everyone around was having existential (excuse my spelling if it is wrong, I live in Foreign now) crises like this one. Ya-a-a-a-awn]
>> If we want to implement KISS thoroughly, may I suggest a few equally
See, I just get an image of Humakti all in black and white make-up.
>> * the incredibly convoluted magic realms system, which adds very
>> little to actual play.
I agree too. Add concentration and misapplied worship.
> Since the three-world system and the fact individual powerful entities
> having "true" and "misapplied" ways of worship is supposedly important
> in some storyline way, I still hope that gets discussed some day.
I hope it doesn't. Zap people with lightning, throw javelins a mile, find Another Way. See, that stuff is fun. But "You're not as powerful as you'd like to be because you're doing it all wrong" - sounds like a laugh!
>> Techy? You bet.
Must be all the sunshine.
(NB I think you meant tetchy, John? Techy would be if you'd written it all in machine code; now that'd be very eighties.)
On the positive side, this discussion sent me back to TR wherein I learnt that John "...quite likes pointy suede boots."
I hope I am helping to improve the tone of this particular discussion.
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