Chess is not an RPG: The Illusion of Game Balance

In John Wick’s most recent blog post, he laments the state of many current RPG designs.

the-presidio-thumb3So, I’d like to begin by asking you a question. You’re playing a science fiction roleplaying game and your character is about to face Vin Diesel’s character, Riddick, in a fight and you get to choose which weapon he uses.

Do you pick sword, gun, hammer…

How about “tea cup?”’

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