Copyright 1996 by Steffan O'Sullivan, all rights reserved.
With input from: Jim Davies (firstname.lastname@example.org), Dataweaver (email@example.com), Lizard (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Peter Knutsen (email@example.com)
Original Date: 1996/06/10
This page last updated September 27, 1998
This is the second attempt at a game to model what most of us reading
usenet do a lot. I'm still looking for more to add, if you have
The game where YOU play a faceless entity in never-ending flame
In Fudge rec.games.frp.*, you play a "being" who interacts
electronically with other beings. The type of being you are is
secret - only the player knows for certain if her character is a
human high school student, an alien from Aldebaran, an AI construct,
or the computer owner's pet dog taking advantage of her master's
absence! It is also ultimately irrelevant - all beings are pretty
much the same on the net, which is why I'm not going to list all
The following attributes are used, each on the usual Fudge scale of:
- This is an attribute in Fudge rec.games.frp.*, not
a skill, because of the nature of the interactions between beings.
There's not much difference between a Good speller and Superb
speller on the net, but a Poor or Terrible speller can expect to
earn negative reactions from other beings.
- This is in net Scale. That is, a Superb Tolerance
on the net equals a Fair Tolerance in real life. Thus, a Terrible
Tolerance in real life is a Fair Tolerance on the net, and a Good
Tolerance in real life is Legendary on the net.
- Having a high Subtlety rating can actually be a
problem on the net, since there are so many dense beings.
- Those with low Flame-resistance take offense easily.
- Those with Superb Tracking never answer off-topic
posts - they can keep on-topic at all times, and use e-mail when
they feel it necessary to address an off-topic poster. Those with
Poor or Terrible Tracking just can't resist pointing out to the
world why this idiot who just posted off-topic is wrong, wrong,
dead wrong. Off-topic threads between Terrible Trackers can go on
for months and months and months.
- This is equivalent to Hit Points - the higher your Credibility,
the stronger and healthier you are on the net. Credibility is
reduced in combat. However, unlike physical combat, most damage
to credibility in Fudge rec.games.frp.* is done by
one's self. Flaming cannot damage an opponent, only oneself on a
Poor or worse result. Likewise, posting from extreme ignorance
lowers your Credibility. The only way you can really affect the
Credibility of an opponent is either by (a) providing clear, short
rebuttals which expose his/her ignorance, or (b) egging him/her
into flaming you, hoping they botch it.
- ... that there are no physical attributes at all in Fudge
rec.games.frp.* - this is due to the nature of the net. Note also
that there are no cyberpunk netrunning abilities, as the game is
set in 1998.
The following Gifts can be used in Fudge rec.games.frp.*:
- Unix Guru
- This helps prevent the most common technical faux
pas, but is no help against a social faux pas. You can also post
under difficult circumstances, as well as have all of the advantages
of the following Gift. Costs two Gifts.
- Net Pro
- You've been around. You know how to remove spamblockers from
e-mail addresses, how to trim messages you quote, how to set
follow-ups, and generally avoid the biggest blunders that earn
Newbies such a bad reputation.
- RPG Author
- You're published! This can be anything from a poorly-written
article in an obscure and long-deceased APA to major books (whether
poorly-written or not). This generally gives you a positive reaction
from many net.readers - how much depends on (a) how major a work
you have written, and (b) how fanatical the reader is to/against
the system published in. Note that a Fault of Egotism (see
below) on the part of a published author will seriously erode any
positive reaction. For example, net.presence D... - no, I won't
mention any names.
The following Faults are available in Fudge rec.games.frp.*:
- Even in the unlikely event that you are not an utter nump, most
other beings will assume that you are. Negative reaction from most
other entities, which is offset a bit by a positive empathy from
other AOLers, who know how hard it is to use that so-called interface.
Published authors may be AOLers at reduced reaction penalty. See
also Compuserve. Or WebTV, for that matter ...
- Your main activity is focused on rec.games.frp.advocacy,
but you may and probably do post all over the net, actually.
Negative reaction from beings with limited time to read news.
- Your posts overflow with how superior your views on
everything are. Negative reactions from most other beings, especially
other egotists who know their views are superior to yours,
so why are you being so smug? Worth two Faults - no, make it three.
- You are fanatically devoted to - or against - something, usually
an RPG system, but quite possibly something like loving your gun more
than you love other beings. A fanatic isn't capable of considering
any opinion which contradicts her religious beliefs as possibly true,
but feels such opinions are attacks that must be answered or the
fanatic will have failed her one true faith. RPG system fanatics rarely
understand other RPGs ("I played that once and it was so bad that I was
killed by a kobold, can you believe it?" or "I read the first two pages
of the rules and threw it down in disgust.").
- Your main activity is pretty much confined to
rec.games.frp.dnd and Senzar posts, thus proving the author of
Fudge has a low Tolerance attribute. Negative reaction from those
beings who think of themselves as "mature" gamers, whatever that
- A stage everyone has to go through, but beings usually
forget this in about six weeks, and find it an intolerable fault
in other beings.
- You try to aggravate other entities. Negative
reaction from most everyone - worth two Faults.
The following Skills are suggested for Fudge rec.games.frp.*:
- Netiquette (rare in these newsgroups)
- Knowledge: FAQs
- Knowledge: various RPG systems
- Knowledge: RPG history
- Knowledge: obscure facts
- Editing: the ability to snip out the parts of an opponent's
post you can't rebut, making it seem like your rebuttal is stronger
than it is.
- Inciting: trying to get an opponent to flame you, thus reducing
their Credibility. Skillful Inciting makes you look like an innocent
victim of a flame.
- Identify: identifying the same poster under different login
names. (Posters whose Credibility has dropped below Terrible
generally kill the old login and start over, while there are some
posters who have multiple logins in an attempt to make it appear
there is a whole movement supporting their fanatic or munchkin
point of view. See AOLer.)
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