Showing posts from July, 2021

deconstruction of od&d ability scores and their effects

Surprise! You get some proper punctuation because I originally wrote this in a Word document.

double d20

here's a proposal for introducing a middle degree of success ('partial success') into binary resolution systems. i'm using the very traditional "roll d20 ≤ your ability score" as the base example, but i really think this could work for whatever. so let's look at how that usually looks, using scores from 1-18 [1]. someone pointed out on twitter that they don't use ability checks like this for combat or saves because it is so thoroughly dependent on that 3d6 roll for ability scores. i think that's an interesting conversation since it casts some doubt on whether we should directly depend on those scores for anything, but i think there's still something fun and evocative about them. like i said, nothing about this suggestion is dependent on that exact paradigm of "roll ≤ your ability score", but that's what we're working with.

new! 3d6 stat gen

proposal to combine the dynamicism of random stats with the illusion of choice, plus some fairness for players. roll 3d6. each result corresponds to a stat: charisma constitution dexterity intelligence strength wisdom assign each of the following modifiers to one of the stats based on the ones you had rolled: -2, +1, +1. these modifiers stack! for example, alice rolled {4, 2, 4}. this means that she must assign two modifiers to intelligence and one modifier to constitution. she might maximize her positive modifiers by assigning +1 and +1 to intelligence and -2 to constitution, or she might minimize her negative modifiers by assigning +1 and -2 to intelligence (-1) and +1 to constitution. in another case, if bob were to roll {1, 5, 6}, none of his modifiers will overlap. he can freely assign his three modifiers to charisma, strength, and wisdom. perhaps he will assign -2 to charisma, +1 to strength, and +1 to wisdom. these modifiers can be used as-is for dice rolls (d20 or 2d6 or w/e),

the helicopter story on sex, gender, and dysphoria

woe to you who strive with your Maker, earthen vessels with the potter! does the clay say to the one who fashions it, "what are you making?" or "your work has no handles!" woe to anyone who says to a father, "what are you begetting?"   or to a woman, "with what are you in labor?"   isaiah 45:9-10 i don't really want to talk about the discourse that led to me seeking out this work. what happened to the author, isabel fall, shows a lack of comprehension and empathy on the part of self-identified 'allies' who chased a trans woman off the internet because she produced something alien to them. with that being said, fall wrote something thoughtful and horrifying. i think it's worth to draw out the implications of this piece to better understand how it contributes to our knowledge (or lack thereof) of gender.