Once per scene!

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Once per scene!
« on: February 21, 2012, 03:58:20 PM »
Joe,

I notice in the preliminary "preview" documents there are rules that limit a number of things (like marking experience or taking Strings) to happening only once per scene.

Since keeping track of "scenes" adds a new complication to the game, is there anywhere where you've discussed why you decided to introduce this rule?

What is the problem you're trying to fix with this rule?

Or, put another way, what's the danger if I'm playing Monsterhearts and I *forget* about this rule temporarily?

Re: Once per scene!
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2012, 07:06:50 PM »
Paul, this is absolutely one of those rules you can forget until you need it.

If a Vampire walks into a bar and spends twenty minutes trying to seduce people, one by one, then this is the rule you are looking for.

Basically, a couple times, players started to slide into a pattern of "playing a single move" rather than "playing their character." They wracked up ten Strings without being interesting or adding depth to the game. The Singleton Rule exists in order to say, "Okay, but you've already gained Strings with that move this scene. So what new thing are you doing?"

Re: Once per scene!
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2012, 08:39:34 PM »
Thanks, Joe!