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I was intrigued by it and saw some interesting tidbits about it online during the development processes. The focus of the game is on narrative connections between players and how the story itself moves along. The DramaSystem builds off of elements of narrative structure and collaborative gaming that are common to many games in the story game category, but it aims for something bigger and meatier. The system works by deconstructing story action, pacing, and drama and applies a structure to the interactions at the table to create a story between the participants.

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In a procedural scene, the characters confront and overcome external obstacles. They fight opponents, conduct chases, investigate mysteries, explore unfamiliar environments, and so on. When they succeed by talking to others, it is by negotiating with characters who exert no particular emotional hold over them, over practical matters.

In a dramatic scene, the main characters confront internal obstacles, seeking emotional reward from people they care deeply about, for good or ill.

Historically, roleplaying games have concentrated on procedural action, giving short shrift to dramatic interplay. When scenes that ought to be dramatic arise in the typical roleplaying game session, they tend to start strongly, but rapidly stall out. Players whose characters find themselves in conflict with one another typically dig in, refusing to relent. Story momentum grinds to a halt as the exchange reaches an impasse. In real life, though, when we enter into emotional disputes with people we care about, we sometimes relent and sometimes dig in.

Fictional dramatic scenes have long observed and replicated this pattern. DramaSystem observes and replicates those basic techniques.

This is a game of drama that works the way fictional dramas do. Story games typically focus on delivering a fun and challenging one-time story that wraps up in a single sitting. DramaSystem shines in long-term play, in which a group unfolds an improvised narrative over an extended period. Over time they come to relate to the characters as they would to the protagonists of their favorite ongoing television drama.

Easier to GM: Unlike some rightly acclaimed story games, DramaSystem retains the role of Game Moderator, a participant apart from the rest, who guides action and pacing and provides necessary rules interpretations. In this it resembles more mainstream or traditional roleplaying games. However, its events are entirely created in the moment, sparing the GM the usual lengthy prep work required by those games.

Harder to GM: Where GMs in traditional games enjoy nearly unlimited power to shape the narrative by determining the obstacles PCs face, DramaSystem rations their interventions.

That makes the effort of pushing the story in the direction you want more of a challenge, with game-like tactical elements. Working within the limitations becomes part of the fun. This page does not exist. You can edit this page to create it. Linked Items.

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DramaSystem/Hillfolk: A Brief Review

In a procedural scene, the characters confront and overcome external obstacles. They fight opponents, conduct chases, investigate mysteries, explore unfamiliar environments, and so on. When they succeed by talking to others, it is by negotiating with characters who exert no particular emotional hold over them, over practical matters. In a dramatic scene, the main characters confront internal obstacles, seeking emotional reward from people they care deeply about, for good or ill. Historically, roleplaying games have concentrated on procedural action, giving short shrift to dramatic interplay.

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June 1, Hillfolk , page xx , see p. Starting with the Hillfolk roleplaying game , and continuing with Blood on the Snow and Series Pitch of the Month , DramaSystem offers a wealth of setting options for players to inhabit, and create compelling stories of interpersonal conflict and emotional drama. However, DramaSystem is primarily designed for campaign play. What if you want to run a game at a convention? The challenges are significant.

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