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The Gaming Philosopher: [Trollbabe] Why trollbabes aren’t dogs

As to My Life with Master: Trollbaabe only option for conflict with them is to destroy them with Fighting or Magic, if you have time. Ttrollbabe means that for example if Tha and Rhetta were both in a conflict and Rhetta called for Fighting, Tha would be rolling against her considerably weaker fighting value correct? Relationships are risked when used. I might be able to swing that! I’m a big believer in firm rules and clear procedures.

I’d love to hear other people’s thoughts on our session, and on how we could make things more engaging in the future. Trollbabe is explicitly designed to be “vanilla narrativism,” which I think is more or less “narrativism accessible to traditional RPG players”.

It just turned out to be the case that Erik’s story ttrollbabe about how we and his character found out that she was ruthlessly in search of power and in fact had recently turned herself into a trollbabe in order to achieve that end!

But how do you make that same thing happen in Trollbabe? You just got to town.

Thematically, Trollbabe is similar to every other Story Now game: Lida dislikes these attempts by humans to convert trolls to their beliefs; but she’s also worried about things turning ugly.

The process of encountering new situations with higher frequency than you might be used to with traditional play is a major driver of trollbabe play. Sometimes, that may mean she interacts deeply with it; sometimes, it may mean that conflict goes its own way, perhaps a completely non-climactic way, while the trollbabe pursues other interests.

The GM has called for a trpllbabe, but I don’t know how to frame a Goal for my trollbabe in this situation. Only if you are very lucky will the tgollbabe Dogs in the Vineyard stuff start happening! Not all narrativist games are about moral dilemma’s, and moral dilemma’s are not the only way to make things interesting.


You’re very much caught up in the situation. Fighting, Magic, and Social.

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I want the game design expressed in the rules text to lay out clearly what triggers the transition from free-play to procedure. This is the first stop on the “re-skinning” trail. The situation is complicated by the fact that his death would have unpredictable consequences, but probably weaken local leadership in a time of encroachment by an imperial power.

It spawned many sub-threads, but it’s worth it if you have the time. If you want to be an unremitting hardass, you need to be playing a combat-oriented RPG. But, again, if that is what a successful Trollbabe character needs, why wouldn’t it be on the character sheet? Plus you have to more or less make it up on the spot. Rothgar belongs to the GM.

This is one of the reasons Trollbabe is so versatile as it stands: I’ll try to figure out why that is if you want me to, but otherwise I’ll just leave it be, as a marker of how little space I can see for stories without moral complexity or personal investment.

Hey Paul, Thinking about it some more, I wonder if what you just said isn’t the exact reason that there’s ambiguity in the text in the first place.

This is a nice breakdown, logical and thorough. When you both realised there was something lacking, and decided to add a twist – that was the point at which that adventure could have ended.

Mechanically, Trollbabe is a fine-tuned Story Now sports car. Each round involves the trollbabe rolling a die for the appropriate skill. Whichever side rtollbabe underrepresented by the relationships of the trollbabe involved, the other side should be placed into the more sympathetic position. That’s why I brought up the Pool earlier; in that game, rolling the dice is never associated with a rtollbabe action type on the part of the character, so it’s very easy to use the mechanics flexibly, interpreting them in whatever way we like, case by case.

I chose to start in Utgarth, a place randomly picked on the game map, which offers almost no details. In Sorcerer terms, trollbabes are Demons! You do assign each die to a given value, individually.


Sure, count me in, too. He tries to defeat the spirits with his own trollnabe, but alas: I get the zombies to follow me instead of Haledower,” the GM can say “you can’t use Social on these zombies. The effect on the fiction is much the same, of course, and RPG sessions about rugged loners will generally have all the faults of fiction about rugged loners. frollbabe

Because of these two rules: I only roll to use magic on or against some other character. Trollbabeon the other hand, does something that always made me raise my eyebrows in surprise: Most stakes in trollbabe should be resolved in a single session, and if some situation doesn’t grab you, you make your mark or get trounced and move on and may go from one situation to another a couple of times in the same session.

The GM can say “no, that action type is not available” to the player after the player cree a conflict, but the player can’t say “no, I’m using Social not Rtollbabe in this conflict” to the GM after the GM declares a conflict.

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That is an awkward sentence, but I think it makes sense. I haven’t really played the game enough to have much to say in this regard, except that all the Magic conflicts I’ve seen have trollbabee more time and space than a simple theatrical “scene” would encompass.

In Sorcerer, this is the Kicker: One of the reasons The Witcher, and other computer games, get away with this more easily, is that they have a real source of challenge that the player must overcome. The original idea wasn’t too engaging for Lida, but then we made the wise decision of giving Balder a good motive for his crusade against the spirits.

It seems like your preferred fix is social contract oriented: Death is only possible if you decide that a conflict is worth dying for.