I've got a hectic week upcoming so my update schedule will probably slow, but not below my original goal.
That said today's flaw is about something that comes up eventually. Torture. Eventually, everyone has come to the point where they capture someone who has information they don't want to share. Fear the Boot had an episode on this, saying it usually breaks down one of two ways. Either the guy talks immediately, the guy will never talk or the players spend thirty minutes describing horrible things they do until he talks. For some people this may be enjoyable, others probably don't really want to get into this. But the need to get information from people who don't want to share it is important.
Piecemeal has one bard skill that deals with this, Interrogation. Isn't that a fancy way of saying Torture? No. Interrogation is purposefully left more broad to include such things as playing "good cop/bad cop", cross examination in the courtroom, holding someone over a balcony, and yes, torture. The only reference to torture is simply one announces how many body points of damage they are dealing to the target. Isn't that glossing over a PC's (or NPC's) actions? Yes. Totally. I also gloss over the fact that PC's use the washroom. I do not expect the PC's to intimately describe each bowel movement including colour, texture and specific odour. If it comes up, simply announcing that they are performing the act is enough.
Why is this good?
1.) Graphic descriptions of interrogation is not something everyone wants to go through.
2.) The ability to get information from unwilling people is required in many games.
With some groups, the hand waiving of torture may make some people far less hesitant about performing it. This can be a problem if you want to stress the serious nature of torture. If this is the case, you could simply require that any actual torture (use of damage) a listing of the types of torture that are going to do. Not always, not graphically, but as a reminder.
As I recently retooled the social conflict mechanics. (see here and here ), I may try and refurbish the interrogation rules to sync up better.
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