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Questions tagged [narrative-balance]

For questions about characters having equal value in, and contribution to, a narrative - separate from any mechanical effectiveness. This concept is especially relevant to freeform games, or those games or systems which place great focus on the narrative as a driving force.

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How to quantify importance of a decision to a player, and more tangibly maintain narrative balance thereof?

In accordance with the suggestion, I'm asking this different, broader question than my previous one, in relation to the same problem. Situations in Which Problems Occur Many times, a group needs to ...
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How can a group use bidding mechanics to maintain narrative balance and quantify the importance of various choices? [on hold]

Pretext Many times, a group needs to pick one out of several contradictory or even mutually exclusive courses of events or actions. This can involve PCs deciding between multiple things to do based ...
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Which game mechanics have measurably higher risk of causing spotlight imbalance?

At different times, I have encountered statements that this or that game-mechanical phenomenon should be avoided because it leads to spotlight imbalance and/or narrative imbalance. To clarify the ...
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How do I make a player feel important when their skills don't affect the campaign? [closed]

You know how sometimes a character takes Dwarvish as their second language but you have no dwarves in your campaign? Or a Cleric specializes in killing undead when your campaign revolves around ...
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Running an Unstructured Narrative

What measures and pitfall should I consider when running an especially unstructured narrative in Pathfinder? In the campaign I am running that has started recently, I am attempting to run a fairly "...
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Accidentally made player too powerful [closed]

I'm running a homebrew dark fantasy play-by-post game, which is highly narrative-driven. As such, the players were given plenty of freedom designing their characters and abilities. One of the players ...
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How to facilitate equal speaking opportunity in a voice-only online game

New GM to two players, both with limited D&D experience (we're playing 5e). We're all well versed in written roleplay, but theater and acting doesn't come overly naturally to any of us. Add in the ...
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I miss social cues when roleplaying. How can I get better at not missing them? [closed]

I know, and have been told, that I miss social cues when roleplaying. This isn't a terribly huge deal when the social contract is well-set and explicitly communicated or the gameplay doesn't rely ...
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A witcher and their apprentice…

In an upcoming game set in the Northern Realms of the Witcherverse, two of my players decided to come up with this character concept: One plays an older established Witcher, the other plays their in-...