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Why aren't RPG stats ever a reasonable reflection of the character's physique?

#1DaedalusExPosted 8/29/2013 11:11:00 AM
You've got this tiny little elf girl who will have like 18 STR, and then you have this hulking male orc who, if you're lucky, will have a +2 STR bonus for a total of maybe 20 STR. WTF? If these creatures actually existed the orc would be AT LEAST 7-8x stronger than the elf girl, so if the elf girl's base STR is represented by 18, then the orc's should be like 130 or so. Why is it never like this?
#2happyscrub1Posted 8/29/2013 11:12:20 AM
Stats are based on balancing game play, not realism.
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#3SinfullyvannilaPosted 8/29/2013 11:23:23 AM
If you read P&P roleplaying books, you will find that the stats are very abstract. Strength doesn't neccesariy only mean pure muscle strength.

There's also the issue of muscle density. Like how reptiles are considerably stronger than their size suggests.
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#4happyscrub1Posted 8/29/2013 11:26:06 AM
Sinfullyvannila posted...
If you read P&P roleplaying books.


P&P is about coming up with a very simple game system and B.S. your way in justifying the reason for the stats.
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#5pothocketPosted 8/29/2013 11:27:35 AM
The thing that drive me nuts the most is how a boss will deal damage that is comparable to your own but has 100 times as many hit points than you do.
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#6SinfullyvannilaPosted 8/29/2013 11:32:31 AM
happyscrub1 posted...
Sinfullyvannila posted...
If you read P&P roleplaying books.


P&P is about coming up with a very simple game system and B.S. your way in justifying the reason for the stats.


Correct.
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#7HaMMeRHeaD25Posted 8/29/2013 12:10:51 PM
pothocket posted...
The thing that drive me nuts the most is how a boss will deal damage that is comparable to your own but has 100 times as many hit points than you do.


Or he will have the same HP as you but does 100 times more damage
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#8happyscrub1Posted 8/29/2013 12:34:15 PM
HaMMeRHeaD25 posted...
pothocket posted...
The thing that drive me nuts the most is how a boss will deal damage that is comparable to your own but has 100 times as many hit points than you do.


Or he will have the same HP as you but does 100 times more damage


That's why RPGs are evolving and MMOs have been pushing the evolution. They still have either more HP or more damage, but the difficulty has been shifting towards movement and strategy.

One of the reasons I like MMOs
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#9Ch3wyPosted 8/29/2013 12:36:45 PM
Fable 2 says hi.
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#10cody4783Posted 8/29/2013 12:56:37 PM
This topic is racist/sexist.

Not that I care, just pointing it out.
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