role playing games are emotional at their core

Role-playing games are thing we do to craft story or celebrate an idea or IP or to enjoy triumph — all things that are emotional at their core.

Ryan Macklin
http://ryanmacklin.com/2011/10/mechanics-rational-emotional-brains/

Rolling dice is an interesting beat in the flow of a game. It can be heavily over used, or  under rewarded or penalized to make a moment impactful. Rolling dice has an element of anticipation, which might not be an emotion like fear or joy, but can certainly heighten other existing emotions.

The key is to make the dice rolling moment something additive to the atmosphere rather than toxic. Ryan refers to ‘toxic emotional beats’ – which dice could be if they don’t become part of the narrative.

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