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Comeliness – Ep223


Truth bomb: Looks matter in life. So do they matter in RPGs?

Cast – Eric, Shawn, Brandon, Mike, Shannon and Dan

Items Mentioned:
Dungeons & Dragons, Game of Thrones, Mutants & Masterminds, Conan, Savage Worlds, Vampire the Requiem, Hackmaster, Aces & Eights

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  1. Brandi
    Brandi July 21, 2015

    Since I couldn’t make this ep, I have a few things to say.
    1. Channing Tatum is not hott.
    2. Kallista has a charisma of 20, and a comeliness of 17, so suck it, Shawn!
    3. Hush Brandon, no one wants to be a troll – you know, unless they are playing a troll…
    4. Spot on for that sexy beast George Clooney.

    Thank you all for listening!

  2. Matthew
    Matthew July 28, 2015

    All six of the traditional D&D stats are heavy handed abstractions. If your are going to separate charisma and comeliness, where are you going to stop? Manual dexterity is not the same thing as athletic agility. You can have a great memory but poor problem solving skills. You can have superb empathy and lack common sense. You can combine otherwise great physical stamina with a poor immune system. Comeliness should be considered an aspect of charisma, and the player should be able to decide how much of their character’s ability to exert influence (or lack thereof) is due to their appearance. It can be an interesting choice to describe a character with average charisma as being exceptionally good looking, but with an incredibly off-putting personality, or vice versa. It doesn’t need a stat.

    • Gamerstable
      Gamerstable July 28, 2015

      Good points. Separating stats is reminiscent of the old 2nd Ed Player’s Option rules. Which some of us liked, and some hated with a fiery passion.

      Most of the time beauty, or comeliness doesn’t matter but every once in a while it does come into play. Our players seem to like a hard, measurable number for looks and then leave the rest abstract.

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