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Episode 118: Best Actress in a Supporting Role


In the good old days of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons - before it was called 1st Edition, because there was no other edition - you got experience points for:

  1. Killing monsters.
  2. Taking their loot.
Simple. Straightforward. Quantitative.

Other games introduced the concept of awarding experience or "character development" points to players for good roleplaying. In other words, for acting in accordance with your character concept in a way that is interesting, advances the plot, and leads to an enjoyable shared story-telling experience.

Awarding experience points for cleverly and creatively generating an enjoyable experience. How warped is that?


Shmi: This is one of those times when you have to do something you don't think you can do. I know how strong you are, Anakin. I know you can do this...
Anakin: Will I ever see you again?
Shmi: What does your heart tell you?
Anakin: I hope so... yes... I guess.
Shmi: Then we will see each other again.
Anakin: I... will become a Jedi and I will come back and free you...
Shmi: No Anakin. You are not safe on Tatooine. You can never return here. Promise me you won't come back. Promise me.
Anakin: I... I promise.
Shmi: No matter where you are, my love will be with you.
Shmi: There's a place for us, somewhere... a place for us.
Shmi: Peace and quiet and open air. Wait for us, somewhere.
Shmi: Now be brave, and don't look back... don't look back.
{they hug - symbolically exchanging roles}
Anakin: {now played by Shmi's player} I love you so much.
{walks off to Qui-Gon, without looking back}
GM: That was... fantastic roleplaying. I'm giving you bonus XP. You'll need it to fill out Anakin's abilities a bit.
Qui-Gon: You get XP for roleplaying?

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