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Monday, 6th August, 2012, 01:11 AM #21
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Monday, 6th August, 2012, 01:14 AM #22
Magsman (Lvl 14)
Monday, 6th August, 2012, 01:14 AM #23
By the way, one of the points of balance is to ensure that the game plays smoothly, from a mechanical standpoint, no matter who sits down to play it.
If I were one of the game designers you refer to, I would have absolutely no problem ignoring any of your concerns about my game as a result of what you just said. It's one of the most bafflingly condescending things I've ever read.
Last edited by Dannager; Monday, 6th August, 2012 at 01:18 AM.
Monday, 6th August, 2012, 01:16 AM #24
In order to achieve genuine balance, rather than a fragile illusion of balance, then the game needs to be balanced for every way it is played. A game is balanced if and only if it doesn't break down and stop being fun for someone when something unexpected happens. People shouldn't need to rebuild the balance for themselves because it should be balanced regardless of how they play the game. Balance created by restricting the actions of the people at the table isn't real balance.
The big problem for D&D is that it is pretty hard to pin down "the way people play the game," which makes it harder to balance all of them. That said, this isn't a unique problem for D&D. The WotC designers working on Magic the Gathering need to balance the game for a pile of different styles and formats every time they release a card set. They need to worry about the Standard format, the Limited format, Extended and Legacy formats, and several more minor official formats that use notably different core rules. If any of these break, then the set will be considered a failure. Despite all of this, they've managed to keep the game balanced and this has greatly contributed to the massive appeal and success of the game. I see no reason WotC's RPG products shouldn't have the same level of expected quality that its CCG products do.
Monday, 6th August, 2012, 01:18 AM #25
I think, as an experienced DM and player, it's okay for me to offer my expertise (not dictate) on something that will hopefully recruit new players, some of whom may join my game. What else is this forum for but for ENW members to post their opinions?Wait, you actually think it's okay to want to dictate how other people play their game even for a product you don't purchase yourself? Seriously?
No, it doesn't. I have no idea where this statement comes from, so we're left at the freely assert/freely deny stage.Anyways, a lack of balance, pretty much by defintion, means that the game has less depth.
Who said I disliked D&D?Editions prior to 4E, and 3E in particular, are some of the least-balanced games of all time. Acknowledging that problem...I don't think there's any worries of that happening.Unless I missed a memo that mentioned how ENWorld was formally transformed into a forum for core-only 3E fans with no 4E discussion allowed, then I think I'm fine here.
"Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose"
Monday, 6th August, 2012, 01:23 AM #26
Grandmaster of Flowers (Lvl 18)
There is absolutely no problem with a wizard-rogue being as good as a rogue. Or a wizard-fighter being as beefy as a fighter. Where it becomes a problem is if on day 1 the wizard is a wizard-rogue, and on day 2 the wizard is a wizard-fighter. If the wizard has any foreknowledge of what is coming he can guess right and be as useful as the best class for that day. So everyone might as well be a wizard.
On the other hand the 2e fighter (or post UA fighter) is a killing machine. He really shines in combat in a way that an attempt at balance fails at.
Monday, 6th August, 2012, 01:28 AM #27
Second, if you think the claim that 4E is more balanced than 3E is an "opinion," then you don't understand what balance is.
Third, if you think balance is about calculating an expected DPS value for its own sake (ignoring for a moment that the term DPS is ridiculous when talking about D&D), then you don't know what balance is.
Offer your expertise? Isn't that a bit pretentious? You seem so eager to put your own opinions on a pedestal and dismiss everyone else's as "just an opinion"...I think, as an experienced DM and player, it's okay for me to offer my expertise (not dictate) on something that will hopefully recruit new players, some of whom may join my game. What else is this forum for but for ENW members to post their opinions?
Again, if you don't understand where that statement come from, then you don't understand what balance is. I'm beginning to think you should stop plugging your ears to other people's "opinions" and start educating yourself a little.No, it doesn't. I have no idea where this statement comes from, so we're left at the freely assert/freely deny stage.
Also, I don't even know what to say to your strawman reading of how I "disliked D&D". I indeed said that older editions were imbalanced and that was a problem. It doesn't logically follow that I disliked them, let alone D&D as a whole, unless you for some reason believe that a person is incapable of criticizing something they've liked and enjoyed.
I like D&D. 4E is my favorite edition of D&D. I could write essays on what I absolutely hate about 4E. That last statement doesn't contradict the previous two sentences of this paragraph.
Last edited by TwinBahamut; Monday, 6th August, 2012 at 01:32 AM.
Monday, 6th August, 2012, 01:28 AM #28
Cutpurse (Lvl 5)
First let me preface my statements with this caveat. I am specifically talking about a segment of the playerbase and not everyone.
There are people out there who think that all versions prior to 4e were imbalanced to the point of being unfun. I might agree or disagree depending on the specific aspects of balance they want to discuss but thats a sidenote. I do though consider what they did to make 4e "more" balanced for this group pretty much completely ruined the game for me.
So while in the abstract, I like balance. But I've yet to see a fun game that these pro-4e people consider balanced. I only have 4e as my example and for me it definitely isn't fun. So I am open to a new game that plays differently that is balanced. But I have to be skeptical that the level of balanced desired by this group is possible while simultaneously making a game that is also fun.
Monday, 6th August, 2012, 01:29 AM #29
And yes, balance is part of the goal. But creating a ruleset that simulates a functioning world inherently provides a great deal of balance, as does incorporating revisions empirical observations from playtesting; balance isn't the starting point. You really can't even begin to balance a system until you have a functioning system.
[quote=Dannager;5983965]Are we not supposed to find this pretentious? Do you really believe your game so unique, and such a special snowflake, that mechanics established by a group of design professionals - mechanics playtested to function well for the vast majority of groups - are wholly useless to you?[QUOTE]Who said they were useless? I find them a useful starting point. They're just not the end-all. And, for the record. I think you are just as special, as is any competent DM (I assume the average ENWorlder is a competent DM). Every DM has a style and knows his players, and uses the rules to create a game that reflects his style and engages his players. D&D is an open-ended roleplaying game. It's not chess, Warhammer, or WoW. There are no winners and losers, and everything is open to interpretation. Most designers understand that. And embrace it.
I doubt the actual game designers would agree. It's not condescending to suggest that you use houserules or that the DM interprets the rules as he pleases. Do you think Lipton gets mad if you buy a packaged rice and beans mix and add some peppers to it you got from the farmer's market? The rules are intended to be used to create a game. It's not the designers' job to play the game for you, and they would be quite pretentious to think otherwise.If I were one of the game designers you refer to, I would have absolutely no problem ignoring any of your concerns about my game as a result of what you just said. It's one of the most bafflingly condescending things I've ever read.
"Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose"
Monday, 6th August, 2012, 01:30 AM #30
"Fun isn't a property of the game. It's a propery of the DM and the group."
"Believability isn't a property of the game. It's a property of the DM and the group."
"Depth isn't a propery of the game. It's a property of the DM and the group."
Those are all three of the things you said designers should focus on instead of balance. This is paper-thin rationalization. I could just as easily put forth the argument of, "Fun is something that must be arrived at on case-by-case basis for each individual DM and group, and I am insulted by any designer trying to dictate to my group what is and isn't fun," even after you just got through telling us they should focus on fun.