Saturday, 12 September 2020

Some Benched Equipment Rules

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 Here's some equipment rules for a modern or futuristic setting . They were part of something I was working on but that project got a specific system for it and theses were written system agnostically and I'm not sure they have that much merit in the first place.


The idea was when you have a saturation of market options the ability to navigate brands and models becomes a character skill rather than a player skill.

Like if someone goes to buy a chainsaw and knows nothing about chainsaws they might by  a shitty mid-range brand. If they know a little about chainsaws , they would seek out stihl or husqvarna.

If they know even more about chainsaws they would know which models from Stihl or Husqvarna are worth it and which are less so. At this stage of chainsaw knowledge they are likely to have formed an Opinion about if Stihl or Husqvarna are the better maker of chainsaws.


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  1. This is a cool idea. Especially in a wild magical fantasy setting with limited technologies or means of broad communication, it makes a lot of sense that there would be high variability in product quality that would not be obvious without sufficient knowledge. There's no Amazon or YouTube reviews, and there will of course be knockoff brands or people trying to pass off lower quality goods as something higher quality.

    1. Even today though , you need a certain amount of familiarity with the product to be able to filter fake, irrelevant or poorly thought out and/or informed reviews.

    2. And if the ability and quality of fake content and bots increases , it will become harder and harder to deduce truth in the vast amount of information available today and in the future

    3. Oh for sure, didn't mean to imply it would only work in a fantasy setting. You're correct that even with the information we have today, a certain degree of knowledge and wisdom is still necessary to collate and interpret it all. It's a very cool idea in general.