Mike, Oren, and Johnathan discuss systems for tracking a character’s health in roleplaying games. They cover why games do or don’t need to track health, and describe a variety of systems for representing damage or otherwise imposing consequences on players. Oren talks about nipples, Mike recommends jumping away from monsters with machine guns, and Johnathan confesses his love for D&D 4.0.
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Correction: The Lovecraft story Oren refers to as The House of Usher is actually called Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family. #orenlies – although seriously, who could remember a title like that?
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Opening and closing theme: The Princess Who Saved Herself by Jonathan Coulton. Used with permission.