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Apocalypse World / Is Fighting supposed to be Seize By Force?
« on: May 29, 2011, 12:59:13 PM »
So, I have this conflict with one of my players who used to run the game. He's pretty confident that if you want to, say, cold shoot a dude that's necessarily Seize By Force, with you wanting to "seize his life by force."

This makes, like, zero sense to me. If he has something you want (the high ground, everyone's attention, moral authority) sure. But sometimes you don't want something ... you just want to plain shoot a dude. For this, I've been not making people roll: if the fiction is set up so that they shoot a dude, they just do it.

Alternatively, sometimes shooting a dude is, like acting under fire. Shooting a dude while he's blasting away with an assault rifle? Isn't that acting under fire? It feels weird to make someone roll anything but for that. Or maybe you shoot a dude in order to threaten violence on others unless they do what you want. Isn't that, basically, manipulate, with shooting the dude as leverage?

Help me out here. Am I missing some important part of the rules?


Apocalypse World / Wants: How do they work?
« on: May 15, 2011, 01:53:30 PM »
Hey all --

So getting ready to run a game of AW, trying to figure out how the heck wants work. Does any group with a want form, after the first session, a front? Is that it?


other lumpley games / post plotlines for satan
« on: November 10, 2010, 10:58:02 PM »
hey so i'm thinking of running a kill puppies for satan game. but the scenario in the book is kinda lame. who has something better?

for satan and all that.


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