Fairy Tale Logic (with porn stars)

“Fairy-tale logic” is something I think about a lot, both in regards to my tastes in magical fiction, as well as game rules. This post on PD&Dw/PS makes some good points. There’s a big difference between codified magical systems popularized by (perhaps invented by?) D&D, and the simpler, more evocative understanding that Fair Folk can’t lie, or that you never eat food when visiting Underhill.

Also, while I understand how it works in the context of a game, the idea of a Warhammer (+2 vs. Undead) is kind of ridiculous and not at all epic. “How many plusses does Excalibur have?” is an inherently fuckwitted question (and yet I and thousands of other young nerdlings have discussed it in earnest at some point in our lives). Excalibur doesn’t have any goddamn plusses, because it’s sui generis, there is no weapon to compare it to that requires numerical distinction. The White Hammer of Aarda simply obliterates the undead in one strike, how’s that grab ya? You can still get eaten by a grue or have your skull split by the skelly you didn’t see, but a weapon that is merely “slightly more useful vs the undead” is just silly on the face of it when you’re meant to be the heroes of your story.

In other, unrelated news, making a city map with tarot cards is fucking brilliant.

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~ by oberon the fool on May 19, 2011.

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