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Old 11-22-2013, 03:37 PM   #1
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Default Appropriate names for small damage scales

GURPS 4e introduced such concepts as D-scale, C-scale, and M-scale, for 10s, 100s, or 1,000s of hp. It's a pretty obvious variant to reverse this, so Bunnies and Burrows might be played on 1/10 scale, War of the Tin Soldiers on 1/100 scale, and For Queen and Hive on 1/1,000 scale, but I'm puzzling how to name them.

The standard metric version would be d-scale for 1/10, c-scale for 1/100, and m-scale for 1/1,000. That's obviously confusing, and in any case GURPS didn't use the metric scale for larger (which would be dk-scale, h-scale, and k-scale), but I'm not aware of any other reasonably well-established naming conventions (I could use HO-scale for 1:87, but let's not...).

Thoughts?
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Old 11-22-2013, 04:02 PM   #2
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Default Re: Appropriate names for small damage scales

For 1/10, I'd call it fractional scale or F-scale; 1/100 could be micro-scale, maybe call it R-scale, and 1/1000 could be nano-scale or N-scale.

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Old 11-22-2013, 04:03 PM   #3
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GURPS 4e introduced such concepts as D-scale, C-scale, and M-scale, for 10s, 100s, or 1,000s of hp. It's a pretty obvious variant to reverse this, so Bunnies and Burrows might be played on 1/10 scale, War of the Tin Soldiers on 1/100 scale, and For Queen and Hive on 1/1,000 scale, but I'm puzzling how to name them.

The standard metric version would be d-scale for 1/10, c-scale for 1/100, and m-scale for 1/1,000. That's obviously confusing, and in any case GURPS didn't use the metric scale for larger (which would be dk-scale, h-scale, and k-scale), but I'm not aware of any other reasonably well-established naming conventions (I could use HO-scale for 1:87, but let's not...).

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Just throwing this out to get the conversation started:
pert-scale (per ten) for 1/10, perc-scale (per cent) for 1/100, and perm-scale (per mil) for 1/1000
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Old 11-22-2013, 04:06 PM   #4
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The standard metric version would be d-scale for 1/10, c-scale for 1/100, and m-scale for 1/1,000.
What about just writing it out: deci-scale, centi-scale and mili-scale?
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Old 11-22-2013, 10:03 PM   #5
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Default Re: Appropriate names for small damage scales

I ran a short game where PCs were a 2-3 inch tall fae, and I referred to deci-scale and centi-scale like sir_pudding mentions. On charsheets I wrote deci-scale traits as 0.<traitname>, like 0.Damage and 0.HP, making them look like weird decimal numbers. :P

So the 2" tall pixie race had average 0.HP and 0.ST of 3, which would both be 0.3 in the normal system scale.
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