Roleplaying, Policymaking and Game Masters….

Nob Akimoto

Nob Akimoto

Nob Akimoto is a policy analyst and part-time dungeon master. When not talking endlessly about matters of public policy, he is a dungeon master on the NWN World of Avlis

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  1. Avatar Will H. says:

    I ended up incorporating quite a bit of the original Warhammer rules into 1st edition AD&D w/Unearthed Arcana, most noticeable in the much increased use of saving throws for all sorts of purposes, and Fate Points, in case a favorite character gets killed too easy.
    The government process (for Mannish Kingdoms (mostly)) were mainly from Greyhawk, and I used the maps from the Forgotten Realms city system a bit.

    I tend to like robbing a party in some way between the dungeon and their base town; either by making it a difficult trek or through creatures or roving bands.
    Which is somewhat similar to the function of government, come to think of it.Report

  2. Avatar BlaiseP says:

    Consider some construct within this game for each player to have certain aspects of a DM within his domain of influence.Report

  3. Avatar DensityDuck says:

    I remember those “Mock Presidential Convention” things they made us do in school.  What they wanted was us to horse-trade and negotiate and understand how politics worked to get a large population of diverse interests to arrive at a solution.  What they got was three hundred students sitting in an auditorium, bored out of their skulls for six hours, at the end of which we nominated Howard Stern for President.Report

  4. Avatar LimaZulu says:

    A great read Nob. You should check out Paul Hood’s paper “Simulation as a tool in education research and development” also Henry Jenkins’ white paper — “Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century.” LZReport

  5. Avatar Kimmi says:

    Well, there’s a bunch of crisis simulations I’d love to see policy makers get before they get out, everything from “fringe crisis” (military buildup, military exercises, assessing threat, likelihood of danger, and most importantly — how good is your information). Then there’s the Natural Disaster scenario. Run a couple of them — and then do post mortems. How could we have done this better, if we had set things up better? How about the Squirrel Scenario? A “natural” disaster affecting critical infrastructure — assessing what the risk to the country as a whole is…

    Then there’s the OH SHIT scenario. I’d love to see what people would do with a 10% chance of ending the world, versus permanently contaminating (in a very serious way) the gulf of mexico. Also dealing with hostile corporations (okay, differently motivated…) that aren’t under your control.

    These are relatively real world crises… and the sorts of things that should be thought through.Report