Post by coffee on Jul 8, 2017 9:07:15 GMT -6
Well, that's not quite what Gronan said. He said that there are certain die rolls where you KNOW you hit, or missed. For the other ones, you look at the table.
If I'm in your game with a 2nd level fighter, fighting an orc, and I roll an 18, we both KNOW I hit. But what if I roll a 14? If the Orc's AC is 6, then I did; a 2nd level fighter needs a 13 to hit AC 6.
Similarly, that same 2nd level fighter needs a 10 to hit AC 9, so anything below 10 is a miss. We don't care how much it missed BY, we just know it's a miss.
But if you're "a point or two off," how does that square with the rest of the world? Does it only work for players? Or do monsters get a freebie every now and again, and some player character gets killed by a monster that did NOT, by the actual die roll, hit?
This is what is meant by knowing the system and knowing the world. The FKR referee is, in a very real sense, the natural laws of his universe. These laws don't change on a whim. They are enforced just as rigidly and mercilessly as the law of gravity is in our world. They are consistent and they work the same way for everybody. And that's why the players can trust the referee. Gravity has no particular malice toward you; neither does the referee toward your character.
His monsters, of course, take a different view. But they have to suffer under the same natural laws, too.