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Pitfalls of Realism – Ep269


We hear it a lot. “That’s not realistic” or “I want more realism in my game”. Do you?


Cast – Brandi, Shannon, Dan, Eric and Brandon



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  1. Scott
    Scott June 7, 2016

    Another entertaining ep. I have to say I really like the concept of the Bond Mage. I’ll have to remember that one.

    The 10th Mtn Div is out of Fort Drum, NY

    • Gamerstable
      Gamerstable June 7, 2016

      Eric swears by Scott Lynch’s Lies of Locke Lamora and the entire Gentleman Bastard series. The bondsmagi are truly bad ass.

      Fort Drum. Thanks.

  2. Greg
    Greg June 7, 2016

    My first movie was Blazing Saddles, in the theaters, and I was 8.

    • Gamerstable
      Gamerstable June 11, 2016

      Thank you!

      In regards to your friend’s game, we sometimes get hung up with this notion of “realism” as GMs when players mow through an encounter or villains too easily and we look for ways to make combat more lethal. If the game is supposed to be gritty and your players are flippant about combat, maybe you are playing the wrong system.

  3. Russell
    Russell June 10, 2016

    Reminded me of a conversation I had with a friend of mine. He was running a fantasy game using the Unisystem. Then he went to Savage Worlds. He started looking for another system. I asked him why. He wanted a game with a realistic combat system. I reminded him the game had a flying cat with a sonic breath weapon, a time travelling orphan, a Slayer, and a were-bear. I told him the word ‘realism’ was never in his game! 😉 Good times!

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