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Poem: "Dicing with Lives" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "Dicing with Lives"

This is today's freebie poem.  It was inspired by prompts from the_vulture and siliconshaman about gaming and self-referential characters.  How do campaign settings shift from low magic to high magic?  When epic characters roll well and decide to change the world ... 

Dicing with Lives

The gamers are awaiting reincarnation,
chatting with the Universe as they work.

They are choosing classes, generating stats,
and minmaxing their advantages and disadvantages.

The computer wizard is pumping IQ
while the stick jock goes for Strength.

Eyeing the conditions of the campaign setting,
everyone loads for bear.

Probabilities clatter and dance,
then fall in their favor.

The dice lie innocently upon the table,
glittering like pyrite.

"Remember, this is a low-magic setting,"
the Universe says testily.

The computer wizard cracks some knuckles
and says, "I can fix that."

The Universe grumbles
and demands to be passed the cheetos.

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From: siliconshaman Date: July 5th, 2011 11:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
*falls over laughing*

because I do crack my knuckles like that before getting down to work! [and I've been compared to Harry Dresden, only with computers not magic.]

Edited at 2011-07-05 11:12 pm (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 5th, 2011 11:15 pm (UTC) (Link)


I'm really tickled to hear that, because of course, you were a key inspiration for that character.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: July 5th, 2011 11:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL! I have to share this with a friend!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 6th, 2011 04:00 am (UTC) (Link)

Go for it!

Once it's up, it can be shared, so go right ahead. I'm glad you like it enough to pass along.

I'm still open for prompts too.
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: July 6th, 2011 12:16 am (UTC) (Link)
"The Universe grumbles
and demands to be passed the cheetos."


So how many people here have played any of the Rolemaster variants and got the critical result "Blow bypasses GM and destroys campaign,"?
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 6th, 2011 12:44 am (UTC) (Link)


I have not seen such a variant, but it sounds hilarious. Of course, the way I play, that would necessarily lead to...

"You stand back and watch as the shattered pieces of the campaign begin to tremble, drag themselves back together, and reanimate before your very eyes!

Okay, everybody roll for initiative."
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 6th, 2011 12:51 am (UTC) (Link)


That sounds amusing. I'm still open for "low fantasy" prompts. You sound like the voice of experience ... you must have started out at first-level some time ...
siege From: siege Date: July 6th, 2011 11:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I learned quickly that "supplements lead to minmaxing". When a first-level human brawler/boxer can beat up a 20th level axe-specialist dwarf and a dragon in straight-up combat, something is terribly mismatched, and it's usually the rulesets from which they were built.

These days, I build for character concept, but I make sure there's enough "kaboom" to go around, because killing things is easy and everyone wants to do it.
janetmiles From: janetmiles Date: July 6th, 2011 12:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that's AWESOME!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 6th, 2011 03:48 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad you like it. This seems to be striking the right note with lots of folks.
aldersprig From: aldersprig Date: July 6th, 2011 02:43 am (UTC) (Link)

Love it, love it..
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 6th, 2011 03:17 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm happy to hear that.
laffingkat From: laffingkat Date: July 6th, 2011 11:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
What fun! Hooray for computer wizards! And I love that ending. :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 7th, 2011 02:25 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

Yeah, I've been repeating that couplet to myself.
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