Given combat’s significance in most storytelling-based game systems, it’s imperative that the way we envision it in greater detail than “I full-attack before taking a five-foot step”. While your character’s actions in combat may reflect some pretty dramatic internal roleplaying decisions, I’m probably just waiting for my turn while you roll your five or six iterative attacks. Thus, it’s incumbent upon us all—GMs and players alike—to inject combat with some much-needed literary flourish to further bring the game to life…or at least entertain us while the monk finishes up missing with his or her last unarmed strike.
Why play Captain Boring, a two-dimensional, sword-and-shield fighter when you could be Lance Halbrick, disgraced Knight of the Green Palace, forced to flee from his homeland after being blamed for the assassination of the Queen!?
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The exception to the rule comes when tension or opposition within the party results in dramatic/role-playing rewards. In order for the latter to work, remember, both PC’s need to be on the same page. Let’s take an example… The party of 4 PC’s arrive at their destination, at the Fell Keep. The rogue recommends they pay a passing merchant to smuggle them into the potentially hostile city. The wizard opposes him,
There is inherent in D&D, and other paper-pencil RPG’s, a social gaming contract. That is to say, that we’re gathered at this table in the spirit of teamwork. Though inter-party conflict can be rewarding, woven into the tapestry of the game is the idea that each party member serves a distinct purpose(s). Each of us is a valued member of the team, and none of us can do this on our own. I understand that the DM may be asking you to suspend your disbelief, here.
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