A dragon stands before you, your attacks against its skin bounce off it harmlessly. A pang of helplessness surges through you as you swing your sword wildly, narrowly dodging the beast’s claw. It breathes in deeply, the sinewy smoke tendrils waif through its nostrils as the mouth begins to glow. A moment later a fountain of fire blooms from its open mouth, searing the earth around you as you roll out of the way behind a rock.
All seems lost until you spy a glowing, red spot on its chest. You swing your blade at its glowing heart and the beast reels from the blow, lurching backwards. The dance continues, but now you know how this game is played and victory feels close at hand.
Slaying the Beast
A Masterpiece of Responsive Mechanics
The Types of Responses
- Reaction – I see it occurring and I take action to counter it now.
- Preparation – I know it can occur and preemptively take actions to prevent it.
- Recooperation – It happened and I take action to recover from the consequences.