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Nerdiest Dream I've Ever Had

I had a dream that was the nerdiest dream I ever had. I dreamt up a new game-mechanic for Dungeons-and-Dragons, a game I haven't played in years, and almost never in its latest incarnation.

In any case, I decided in my dream that D&D needed more roleplaying elements, so I added this - each character, NPC and monster would have "traits". Those traits could be like, "poor vision" or "sensitive to sunlight" or "easily winded". Anyone who identified one of those traits could then "tag" the trait and choose to either lower the target's AC by 1, or increase their damage to that target by 1.

There would be feats that modified this, for instance rangers could "mark" a tagged target, letting other party-members also take advantage of the tag. Or a ranger could get a feat that let them "auto-tag" their favored prey. These would combo well.

The roll to identify a trait would be a perception roll, which would be a benefit to high wisdom classes, and make paladins and clerics, already identified as "leader" roles, even more useful as a party-leader. Feats to use a trait other than Wisdom would be available, too, as well, as higher levels, getting more than one point advantage from a tag, or using both benefits from one tag. Of course, monsters and NPC's could do the same thing to PC's, and having these traits would provide role-play opportunities to shape who a character is, and how that affects combat.

The funny thing about this dream is, I was telling the new mechanic to an audience at a convention, and the speech came out as if I'd already written it and considered it fully. But, during the process, I was considering new aspects of how it would work and inventing them as I was going along, too - so my creative process not only hands stuff to me when I'm sleeping fully-formed, but it also works to build on the things my sub-conscious has given me.

Also, I'm a big, big, big nerd.


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Jul. 9th, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
Funny dream. That's actually very similar to a mechanic used in the FATE system found in Spirit of the Century.
Jul. 9th, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I mean, the funny thing is, it's not a bad mechanic!
Jul. 10th, 2009 02:27 am (UTC)
Last night I woke my boyfriend up in the middle of the night, by shoving him and saying "No, *I* am your father!" I was totally asleep and I have no recollection of this. He says his bleary, sleepy "huh?" elicited a response of "Search your feelings, you know it's true!" Good to know I'm not the only one who had a nerdy night :)
Jul. 10th, 2009 03:35 am (UTC)
Wow, that's awesome. That beats any sleep-talking I've ever heard of.
Jul. 10th, 2009 03:40 am (UTC)
And what makes you such an awesome friend is that I'd be TOTALLY TOO EMBARRASSED to admit that to anyone else. But you're not only okay with it, you also think it's cool :p
Jul. 10th, 2009 03:42 am (UTC)
Oh c'mon! Surely an awful lot of our mutual friends would find that hilarious, and probably even be jealous.
Jul. 10th, 2009 03:43 am (UTC)
Mike probably, but everyone else, I severely doubt it.
Jul. 10th, 2009 03:44 am (UTC)
...and if you could contrive to have an asthma attack while saying it, so much the better!
Jul. 10th, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, Kui says this was all in my regular speaking voice :( God, I'm such a let-down of a girlfriend!
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