Game Dream 14: He’s Dead, Jim

Doc’s Blog … Confessions of a Game Addict: Game Dream 14: He’s Dead, Jim!
The Dream this week talks of death in RPG games:

Many “traditional” RPGs incorporate the possibility of the irrevocable death/disabling injury of a player character into their basic mechanics, yet often skirt the issue of what happens to the game in such a case, instead encouraging the GM to “fudge” the results if the GM doesn’t want a given PC or PCs to die.
How has your gaming group, current or previous, handled character deaths due to system-legitimate causes, i.e. combat or traps (assuming no intent on the part of another GM/player to kill a given PC or PCs)? Which methods worked well, and which didn’t?


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Observation of the Day

The subtitles for Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (at the very least, perhaps the others do as well) use the British (New Zealand!) spelling of armor. (armour).
With this seen I will have to look for more instances of this in the LOTR movies.
But, then, most of you know I love to watch movies with subtitles on. Just a thing of mine.


And the 2004 NFL Season kicks off tonight, with an AFC Championship game rematch on tap–the Indianapolis Colts against the New England Patriots.
I don’t know that the Patsies can repeat as Super Bowl Champions (sorry, Deb!), but they certainly have a good chance at it. They have stiff competition within their conference–perhaps this is the Colts year at last, or perhaps Kansas City can keep their opponents to under 35 points a game and thus win…Denver needs a running game, and maybe the Bengals will actually make the playoffs this time.
And then there are the Seahawks, the aging Packers, and even the Vikings (if they would shut up and actually play).
My very premature and likely wrong Super Bowl Pick?
Manning gets his ring, as the Colts will knock off the Seahawks in the Super Bowl in a happy day for Indianapolis this coming January.

Over the line


, Daily Kos and a few others.
From Dick Cheney

“It’s absolutely essential that eight weeks from today, on Nov. 2, we make the right choice, because if we make the wrong choice then the danger is that we’ll get hit again and we’ll be hit in a way that will be devastating from the standpoint of the United States,” Cheney told about 350 supporters at a town-hall meeting in this Iowa city.

More of the remarks by our Vice President are available here
And if you don’t see the innate problem,, the innate implication of what this statement says…then perhaps you are happier in your ignorance.

Newt Gingrich can’t write SF

Brad De Long
mentions the inanity of Gingrich’s latest flirtations with Alternate History.
Or, as Brad points out, the attempts at Alternate History. It’s really Revisionist history, with a far too rose-colored glass look at the South during the Civil War.
Even Turtledove, in the excellent GUNS OF THE SOUTH, while he did soft pedal Lee and his views somewhat, still had the South wrestle with the question of slavery, nearly causing a second secession within the South over the question.
I have no desire to read Gingrich’s work. I wonder how much of his books that he actually does the heavy lifting of writing. It seems that every ostensibly SF book that he writes, he co-writes with William Forstchen.
I’ve tried one of his works, too, and was not impressed.