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Call Clarification (from the membership letter) 8 Years, 9 Months ago Karma: 22  
I've just read (yeah I know kill me) the Jan membership letter and I am about to have a bit of a rant about this bit:

Rules Issues / Clarifications
There have been no major rules issues or clarifications required during the last few months. However, after receiving feedback we have decided to clarify the “No effect” or “Am I hurting you” areas. From now on there will be consistent shouts that are to be used by both players and monsters on events. Everybody should use the appropriate phrase below if they “Bounce” an effect/spell etc, “Resist” something, “Dodge” or use Kai. The “No effect” shout should be used by those few people who have special abilities that cause them to be immune to certain things.

Bounce = My protections aid me
Resist = (For the King / McBeast etc) I resist that
Dodge = Your blows cannot touch me
No effect = Your blows have no effect on me
Kai resist = (Toh, Shai, etc) I resist that

This is done to ensure that the event flows smoothly and everyone is aware of what is happening, without the need to stop enjoying the event and ask out of character questions. We hope that the above will make things much clearer and appreciate your cooperation. If you need any clarification on what you should shout then please contact Bruce Duncan.


I am confused are these supposed to be IC comments or OOC comments? If they are IC I am not a big fan of having what a character says being dictated by the rules. Gravesong for example would never say "My protections aid me" at the very least it would be "Our protections aid us" but either way it's not anything he would actually say.

We already use out of character combat calls (Quin Magic Five) so why do we feel the need to have an IC response when we already had an OOC mechanic for this. . "Bounce" "Dodge" and "No Effect".

Adding something to the end of a Kai shout seems even more pointless. SHY is a call which means "I am using monk powers to resist your spell" . . it's IC and obvious (and very evocative in a fight) adding OC clarification to it seems unneccessary.

I did like the playtest for the "resist" warrior skills where you came back with an IC retort but these were different for each person (Sky's I believe was "your going to have to try harder than that fella" ) which is fine but it would have to be tailored the characters way of talking, it should be obvious though what happened (in the Sky example he didn't get disarmed!).

In short the banter in combat should be IC (if you want to boast that the character you are fighting isn't hurting you then of course you should) but OC rules clarifications shouldn't be forced into a semi-IC statements. What about if I have been dumbnessed or playing a none-speaking monster part do I still say "My Protections Aid Me?". A Monk can't use Kai while Dumb (I believe) but a warrior can still merrily bounce blows due to his armour.

Sorry for the long and rantish post but I really don't like this idea!

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