thread: 2006-01-24 : Still More Character Ownership

On 2006-01-24, Vincent wrote:

Well, but, yeah it’s as simple, because it’s precisely the proposition I was proposing. I’m not going to accept as a fulfillment of my challenge here a game where after your character dies, you can keep playing, but it sucks, am I?

Yes, exactly: you have to make sure that the players can play meaningfully even if their characters die.

What I’m trying to beat into your head in particular, Fred, is that “play meaningfully” doesn’t mean “have sole creative control over one protagonist.”

Understand, here, that “meaningfully” has a strict preexisting definition, that is not swayed by your - or my, or anyone’s - tastes or agenda. Read “meaningfully” as “meaningfully with regard to addressing premise.” Thereby, “meaningfully” implies that there is at least one protagonist in action, but doesn’t specify any particular person’s creative relationship with that protagonist. The GM can participate meaningfully; the players of supporting characters can participate meaningfully; players who are limited to only awarding and spending fan mail can participate meaningfully.


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