C Series • #0
All role playing games rely on rules. These guidelines help establish how various situations are adjudicated and establish the preferred methods of administering the flow of the game. Many rules are universal across all game systems, at least by name anyway. What sets one system apart from another is how those rules are applied and it are those differences that define a system’s flavor and identity.
Over the next several installments of the LRPG’s College of Gaming Micro-blog, we will look at different rule concepts, how they function within different games and how they affect the overall play experience. Through this examination of what makes all games tick, we hope to deepen the appreciation and understanding of those mechanics that we like in the hobby. We also may spur interest in rules or even whole systems outside of the readers’ current pursuits.