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playing a tabletop rpg from the early 90s whose “good” alignment tries so hard to reconcile extralegal vigilanteism with a meticulous legalism, like you might beat people up to satisfy your own sense of ethics but you will never ever break the speed limit

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anti-authoritarians are necessarily classed as being “unprincipled” like the very notion of a police state has never occurred to this system’s authors

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damn i actually love roleplaying systems and like half that love comes from dunking on bad game designs

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@garbados Totally. My first RPG ever was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, some 25ish years ago. It was put out by Palladium, and used the same truly awful system that Rifts had. Even in the beginning, we had to come up with house rule patches for the really absurd things, like how little damage all of the weapons did.

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@garbados Sounds like a Palladium game? They were always a bit of a hot mess.

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@ghost_bird you guessed it! and we’re mixing books across eras because i do not understand this GM’s process 🤷‍♀️

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@garbados being unprincipled is hardly negative

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@a_breakin_glass it just seems like... like i really wouldn’t call anti-apartheid radicals “unprincipled”, but the game does, because the cops support apartheid and principled people are always pro-cop 🤷‍♀️

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@garbados @a_breakin_glass Trying to map the superman/batman distinction onto an alignment chart that was written for a D&D clone, I think.

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@garbados ah, the Superman route

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@garbados That makes me think of GURPS, which doesn't have alignments, but where the disadvantage "Truthful" means you hate to lie and are bad it when you do, but "Honest" means you never break the law.

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@naga i love gurps

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@naga i just wish it had, like, spell lists

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@garbados Yeah. I love GURPS, hate the main magic system.

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@naga gurps made a lot of sense for a younger self that had the time to actually make a campaign from scratch but now i am old and lazy and these source books full of metaphysics about “what is magic” and “what is a monster” and “what, truly, is the difficulty of an encounter? how, if we submit to a materialist analysis of reality, would we know?” fucking exhaust me

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@garbados A bookt titled "GURPS Social Engineering" might be a tipping point there . . . (I haven't read the book, it could be awesome)

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