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Old 02-27-2015, 12:40 PM   #6
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Default Re: GURPS: Adapting the Duel of Wits

Originally Posted by whswhs View Post
Yeah, I saw people proposing that sort of thing, but I find the whole idea alien. The structure of combat mechanics makes a fair amount of sense to me as a stylization of the process of combat; but I find it hard to imagine why anyone would think that the process of social interaction and persuasion could be stylized in the same way. It seems like using a hammer, not even to drive a screw or tighten a bolt, but to tie a knot. So I don't feel able to offer detailed suggestions for how to do it.
I'll definitely take a look at Social Engineering and see if it'll help me out, though by the look of what you said it seems like I might just have to model something myself. I can see the viewpoint that it's a little ridiculous to try and push social interaction into something akin to turn-based mini-game, but in my experience it brings out the passion and the skill/technique of a really heated debate. It's to be used sparingly of course (so no devolving into rounds of rhetoric combat over who gets the last chair).

Originally Posted by Dwarf99 View Post
It would be pretty easy to envision a will based "argument" score, modified by social disadvantages like stubbornness, bully, confused, etc. Those could actually modify the attack modes you use (if you're a bully, that could effectively be +Striking Strength). If I were doing it, I'd go |cp cost|/2 for the modified argument (HP) score, and use will for the base strength of an "attack" and modify it using |cost|/5 for effective thrusting damage. Maybe let the player use swing damage if they depict their argument particularly well.
That's a great starting place, thank you! It would be really interesting if some advantages gave a bonus to certain methods of oratory like you mentioned. Switching between swing/thrust damage might get me that rock-paper-scissor style I want. I think I'm going to also have to list the set of skills and maneuvers you can use for a duel of wits, and which can be used for which.

I'll see what I can cook up with that as a base, thanks guys.

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