powerbalancing without being too restrictive? Dec 8, 2020 17:53:45 GMT valka, PHIMBO, and 4 more like this
Post by nightlock on Dec 8, 2020 17:53:45 GMT
I'm not sure if this is in the right area (so if not, do let me know and I can change where I place it!), but it's a question that's been bugging me for awhile when I look at some character apps, profiles, etc. in the sites I manage, are interested in, etc. But for sites that tend to follow no systems whatsoever for combat (i.e. no HP system, skills-system, what have you) — how do you powerbalance? Or, I guess, how do you set the players' limits of how far their character can go at the beginning in terms of prowess without completely turning them off? It's a delicate balance I'm kind of in a huge thonk.gif in.
A lot of recent characters I've had to read through, plot with, etc. have all started to veer outside the sphere of "grounded / realistic limits" to me. Like, they make sense in theory—there's enough explanation for why they would be this super smart brilliant second-coming of Jackie Chan while being an excellent sniper, highly attractive person, etc (i.e. familial upbringing, military history, years of experience, so on). Buuuuut, I don't know. When I write characters I tend to have them specialize in one thing above all else, like it's a video game (like one is more brains than brawn, another is silver-tongued but can't fight for shit, one is a brilliant fighter but god help them if they have to be pleasant to people or navigate a social situation, etc.) so I guess it's a bit of a culture-shock to me, as a staffer, when I review profiles I know that I wouldn't let myself write as a player. I like their concept and such, but I do think there's still a level of too much sometimes.
But at the same time, a part of me thinks that there should still be limits imposed. It becomes especially more apparent to me when I see these characters considered on pedestals equal to, say, site canons. When they aren't connected or would be considered a site canon. Would that undermine the greater plot somehow, reduce the rank / prestige a canon is supposed to have, etc.? How can I go about this?
Tl;dr — how do you deal with, manage, or review characters that you think would be too OP even if they have qualified reasons for the strength IC, without discouraging the player from making the character?