Which TTRPG should you use to play Baldur’s Gate 3?
There’s a lot going on Baldur’s Gate 3: IIncredibly detailed response options, make friends with your buddies, fierce battles, and Sometimes the romantic scenes are more intense after the fights. Larian Studios really put a lot of depth in BG3while the basis of the way The game moves though the world is rooted in it Dungeons and Dragons Fv econditionthe most I heard about itI was less convinced that if you want to play A tabletop role-playing game that you emulate Baldur’s Gate 3 On your own table, you may actually want to choose 5e.
First, disclosure: I didn’t play Baldur’s Gate 3. Before you reject my opinions based on that alone (which I suppose is fair), I want to assure you that I did the research. I’ve talked to several people who’ve played the game and watched a few hours of TWitch Streams. And after quite a bit of thought and sorting through the game library and hours of playing, I’ve come to a basic realization for the purposes of this exploration: Baldur’s Gate 3 Two different games. There is a fighting game and then there is a relationship game. Let’s start fighting.
fighting in BG3 It uses the 5e ruleset, but in practice very few players play 5e with the degree of privacy that a video game replicates. What you want to do is run a modified version of Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e which is also used Pathfinder Tripartite economy system. 3.5e mode A lot of focus on combat mini and distancePeople have brought out rulers to help move their characters around the terrain –Which helps to simulate what BG3 Does with personal locator. In addition, rather than relying on D&D Ready framework/react-action-reward, you’ll need to create a mod Pathfinder A system that allows three actions to be performed during a combat cycle. This is partly because 3.5e is already overloaded with rules, but also because it will make it easier to remember all the actions a character can take during combat, allowing players to better control the flow and pace of battle.
The other argument for version 3.5 here is that the magic rules in that edition aren’t just about how and when magic is used, But why does magic happen? It has a little more context than 5e, which again, is a very forgiving fighting game. If you really want to get into the mess BG3Charm, my rating is still 3.5.
Which means we’re in the relationship game. you can say BG3Her greatest achievement is her story and All personal relationships that unfold. Larian Studios said in Steam after beforelaunch That this was a huge investment: “Baldur’s Gate 3 It has more cinematic dialogue than three times the three Lord of the rings Novels combined. It’s 174 cinematic hours long, making it more than twice as long as each season game of thrones sum.” Now, here we’ll get into the thorny subject matter opinions. There are no real rules for social interactions in D&DThis is largely because all interactions are treated as a prelude to combat. Or as we all know (and as BG3 Players know especially well), as a precursor to lying down.
The reason is that BG3 It manages to do a lot with regard to dialogue and character selection, precisely because there are very few “real” rules for social interactions, and all interactions are based on the same rules as combat. without rules, BG3 He was free to push the boundaries of what a video game could offer in terms of dialogue and relationship. It also treats relationships as a matrix of consent, where all of your choices tick yes or no boxes, opening up different paths as you progress through the game.
One of the complaints I’ve heard about BG3 is that if you don’t have high charisma (or you roll like shit when you talk to people in the game), you will end up in the paths of the game that you really like truly I don’t want to be on, with a way out. A friend I spoke to said she saved up before taking charisma tests and rebooted if she got a particularly unfavorable result. What this says to me is that ties in BG3 It is already being artificially manipulated because people want to be able to control how they interact within the interpersonal dynamics, even if they can’t fully control the outcome.
When sorting through TTRPGs for emulation BG3 I wanted to stay true to the game’s structure —The approval matrix affecting the story –And how players manipulate the game by “controlling” their characters’ reactions, even if they are required to perform statistical checks to do so. My first instinct: Something powered by the Apocalypse. This framework (developed by Dr. Vincent and Miguey Baker in the end of the world) gives you narrative ramps to jump off And It allows you plenty of wiggle room with your approach and your results. Many PbtA games also use some type of relationship tracker to help inform and influence outcomes. Of course, there is an inherent cruelty. I re-read the rules from a bunch of different TTRPGs: Gods TTRPG, Interstitial announcement, urban shadows, Monster hearts 2, Passion for emotions…but in the end there was only one choice. Thirsty Sword Lesbians.
I chose TSL For several reasons; It’s an incredibly open-ended game that has no ties to a single source material or set of lore, and maintains some of its focus on intense, high-stakes personal encounters. It has rules for character interaction and NPC interactions where players can customize their style, but not necessarily determine the entire outcome. In addition, prof The huge theme of the game is about building confidence. TSL It also uses a mechanism called “chains” which is “emotional influence on another person”, which you can gain or lose as you play. The movements you use with these tendons can also help dictate reflexes—Another way to help simulate some of the more restrictive results seen in BG3 As you choose your responses throughout the game, you try to achieve each player’s goals that are clearly defined at the beginning of the game during character creation. Aside from the super-hungry elephant in the room, there are specific moves that allow you to seduce people.
while TSL Not very suitable for combat BG3It works in conjunction with the game’s well-established narrative structures and the way players try to influence their rosters. It is not a perfect way to imitate BG3But it’s a far better view D&D, which contains virtually no rules for character interactions other than the constant checks that are also used in combat. (This lack of rules about personal interactions and emotions is, of course, why some people feel drawn to using D&D to play extended character brackets; No rules = more freedom.)
There is no single TTRPG that is truly capable of simulating a video gameIt looks like there is no video game There is able to simulate TTRPG. regarding Baldur’s Gate 3Unless you want to be weird (and I like to see a Baldur’s Gate A game played with something like this Passion for emotionswhich might be crazy enough to work) you should probably stick with it d&d 5e and ignore kids like me who pick problems at this pick. But honestly, if you’re going to sit down at a table with your friends, why not try something new? I’ve heard Thirsty Sword Lesbians It will allow you to fuck the monster if you roll the dice correctly.
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