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Re: (TFT) Re: Healing spells in TFT

In a message dated 9/7/2003 12:41:18 AM Central Daylight Time, 
david_michael_grouchy_ii@hotmail.com writes:

>     But this is exactly what players don't want to hear from their GM in a 
> fantasy game.  Something quick and disposeable.  A bandage wrap, a fatigue 
> point, or a potion.  "The bar tender grins, pours a strong one, and offers 
> it to the character.  'Here.  This will wash the blood right off.'  He 
> says."  Fantasy role players do not make their character's bathe.  They are 

> wholly unsanitary creatures and if they ever took their armor off they 
> probably find their skin stuck to it.

IME, it's more a matter of not wanting to play those details out, any more 
than they particularly want to detail playing out sharpening their weapons, 
going behind a bush to relieve themselves, or chewing their food before they 
swallow it. And a GM who pushes playing out such details is often seen as an 
@$$hole GM. "No, dammit, we aren't caked with dried blood when we swagger into the 
bar. Cleaning the blood off is SOP after a battle, and so is giving ourselves a 
quick washup in a nearby stream when we break camp. If we have to go to the 
bother of *mentioning* all those details, all the time, we'll slow the game to 
a petrified crawl."

As a player, I'll only mention the especially luxurious or otherwise unusual 
baths my character takes. E.g. in the last D&D game I was in, Edgar Ironpelt 
(ranger/fighter) made a beeline to a recommended inn when he arrived at 
Greyhawk city. He left his chainmail, greatsword, and crossbow in his room, bathed, 
and afterwards knocked about town in ordinary clothes plus shortsword & dagger. 

OTOH (and this is evidence for your position) the other players made a number 
of cracks about "Town Edgar" vs "Wilderness Edgar" - they stayed in armor, 
kept all their weapons with them, and treated the city much like another stretch 
of wilderness (or a dungeon). 

Erol K. Bayburt
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