Monday, 25 May 2015
10th Anniversary Classic Rant: RPGPundit's Unbearable Lexicon Rule
Inspired by Borgstrom, yet again:
RPGPundit's Unbearable Lexicon Rule:
If an RPG contains a lexicon, glossary, or dictionary of system terms that even experienced roleplayers actually have to read to have any idea what the rules are about (i.e. not just a dictionary of common gaming terms for roleplaying novices), then that game is almost certainly an unplayable pile of shit.
There you have it. Its OK if you add one or two new terms, reflecting new mechanics or stats that are specific to your game; but if you have renamed every normal mechanic into something unrecognizable just for shits and giggles, or have added so many new mechanics that an experienced gamer won't have a fucking clue what you're talking about on any given page without referring to your in-game dictionary, you've fucked up, laddie-buck.
Currently Smoking: Lorenzetti Solitario Volcano + H&H's Beverwyck
(Originally posted February 20th, 2006)