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The HSM (Heroes, not Serial Martyrs) Manifesto

(I’ve been thinking of refinements to the Heroes, not Serial Martyrs (HSM) concept and how to best present the concept in a single article. I promise afterwards to stop beating this dead horse for now and write about other topics) … Continue reading

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Death Systems Matter

I started to respond to Opinvu’s offhand comment to my post on HSM that “the focus shouldn’t be on what the death rules are, but what the environment offers in return”, but realized that it deserves its own post. It … Continue reading

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Heroes, not Serial Martyrs

Some time ago, I wrote a post on permadeath. That a lack of permadeath removes death (as well as the fear of death and death’s consequences) as a narrative device is not in dispute. The real problem is how to … Continue reading

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Let’s talk about permadeath

The comments that flowed from my permadeath example in the consequences post should not have surprised me. Nothing provokes a firestorm like mentioning the magic word permadeath. However something struck me. Opinvu and Thrym’s remarks focused on the gamists/achievers (gamists … Continue reading

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Postmortem: The Etilica Soulflash – Part I

Since subject of death systems came up in the last post, I thought I’d elaborate on the death system used on the long defunct NWN persistent world Etilica. Etilica’s final death system came about in an accidental way. It originally … Continue reading

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