|The Fun:Work Ratio
A tiny scrap of RPG Design-and-Fiddling Philosophy by S. John Ross
As both a GM and a writer, I spend a lot of time coming up with new rules, variants, and "fixes" to the games I play. Even if you're just an occasional GM with no interest in professional design, it probably happens to you now and again, too.
Usually, it's just a matter of typing it up to get it out of my system for good - I need never look at it again. But sometimes, just sometimes, the change is actually worth adding to the game. To determine when, I put every proposed rule change, addition, or subtraction to the following simple test:
This formula, naturally, is almost entirely subjective! But it works . . .
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