Chris Hollaway wrote: ↑
Tue Jan 19, 2021 2:28 am
Dungeons and Dragons would normally be classified as a "Grenade Launcher" class game.
However, given the requirements of COVID isolation and the need to network TRMN players throughout the organization, electronic means are used to connect the players. Does this change the classification from "Grenade Launcher" to "Plasma Rifle"?
I have a campaign starting on January 24th so an immediate answer is not required, and we can track accumulated time until a definitive answer is received.
Frank Gonzalez wrote:All RPGs are Grenade Launcher if it is played on a server like Roll20.
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Frank is correct, if that is all you need, you do not need to read further, as what follows is an explanation of our logic.
The policy that Commander Otahal and I have encouraged is that simply playing a game with electronics is not sufficient to cross the barrier and become an electronic game.
For example, Chess is clearly Disruptor. If you happen to play Chess via Tabletop Simulator or another chess program, you are still playing chess and it is still Disruptor, even if it happens to use an electronic program -- there are no mechanic differences in that game.
To provide a contra-example, the game Civilization has a number of computer versions. It also has a board game. The board game has distinct mechanical differences that make it more playable on the tabletop and they are thus no longer the same game or aimed towards the same playing type, but have become distinct and fall into different categories.
William E Karnesky, KDE, OG, CBM
Lieutenant Commander, RMN
Deputy Staff Tactical Officer, Office of the FLA