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Hmm, interesting...

I'm listening to the "Brilliant Gameologists" podcast. They're going on about problem players in this episode, specifically "payoffs that cost too much." They give the definition of Munchkin as, more or less, someone who has an overdeveloped desire to express a power fantasy - getting stuff, winning, messing with the world, etc. A Power Gamer, on the other hand, they define as someone whose primary overdone payoff is a desire to solve the game's problems as quickly and totally as possible, so that they don't present a challenge...which is self-defeating, if a game is about challenges and overcoming them.

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spottylogic
Dec. 23rd, 2008 02:05 pm (UTC)
Dunno! I sent her a loong e-mail, but I never got a response back. Given her line of "work", I'm sure she deals with tons of pedantic gamers, and she may not engage in dialogue with them, or shut off after "tldr" (too long, didn't read) kicks in.

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