#RPGaDay2020: Day 27 — Flavor


In physics, flavor is a quantized property of quarks that differentiates them into at least six varieties (up, down, charmed, strange, top, bottom). What is a quark you ask? A quark is a type of elementary particle and a fundamental constituent of matter. Quarks combine to form composite particles called hadrons, the most stable of which are protons and neutrons, the components of atomic nuclei. For every quark flavor there is a corresponding type of antiparticle, known as an antiquark, that differs from the quark only in that some of its properties (such as the electric charge) have equal magnitude but opposite sign.

And here you thought that flavor was just a choice you make at the ice cream stand.

So, what does any of this have to do with RPGs? Well it doesn’t, beyond showing the complexity of the universe, the unseen building blocks that make material reality possible.

In the original Dungeon Master’s Guide, E. Gary Gygax wrote, “You are not entering this world in the usual manner, for you are setting forth to be a Dungeon Master. Certainly there are stout fighters, mighty magic-users, wily thieves, and courageous clerics who will make their mark in the magical lands of D&D adventure. You however, are above even the greatest of these, for as DM you are to become the Shaper of the Cosmos. It is you who will give form and content to the all the universe. You will breathe life into the stillness, giving meaning and purpose to all the actions which are to follow.”

While the players embody specific individuals in your campaign, it is you, as Dungeon Master, Referee, Game Master, Author, or what have you, that is immersed into the very world, no the very universe itself. You are all the other people who inhabit these worlds. But more than that, you are the plants and animals, the wind and rain, the sun, moon, and stars… you are the sum of all that makes up the fictional universe from which you shepherd the game.

While the players’ roles are important, for the game cannot exist without them, it is the game master, the world builder, who provides the flavor.

Season well.

—Bob Freeman
Bordermen Games

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