SMF - Just Installed!
Started by Crank, May 26, 2019, 01:03:43 pm
Quote from: Richard LongflopThe Toolbox Effect. Wonder what that is? Well, I'll tell you.Imagine a toolbox. Bear with me here. No- put the giant paws away, I mean the other kind of bare. Yeah.A toolbox. A metal box holding a bunch of different tools. Various screwdrivers, a saw maybe. Sandpaper. Glue gun. Allen keys. That sorta thing. When you come across something that needs tooling, you just reach in, grab the perfect tool made for it, and tool that sonuvabitch. Your toolbox lets you tool anything.And then there's multitools. A swiss army knife. Holds a flat screwdriver head, some knives, corkscrew, etc. Now, it's not as full as a toolbox, but it's neat, it's classy and it's a single tool, not multiple tools for separate individual things. It's one thing you can use that covers the ground of many things, but not all things.You may have caught on to what I'm talking about. If not, now's the time for me to break subtlety. Character powers.If your character has five different powers then something's wrong. You've read my Primary, Secondary and Physical power part, haven't you? It's up there. Above this one. Well, some people like to give their characters more than one primary power. They like to have powers that cover all things, or near enough all. They're toolboxes. They're a mess, a clutter of powers just thrown together with some weak structure that could only stand up in that writer's mind, where physics don't apply and the points don't matter.Thing is about fighting a toolbox is that it's gonna suck. You think you have the upper hand? Nope, turns out they have a thing for that too. Honestly, the biggest excuse for this sort of thing is "omg it's ok since they'll not write it all and they'll limit it for entertainment lol" no no no no no leave get out close the door and go into a door store and close all THOSE doors and then go into a glassware shop and smash all the jars since I want you to make sure nothing is a jar when you shut your goddamn doors and goddamn LEAVE ALREADY. I'm talking about characters. I'm talking about what people see when they read them. Using them is different. I'm about character potential here.It's not fun to fight against someone who has the potential to cover all ground. Sure, they might have weaknesses (or only limits if you're wanting to be a TRUE tool) but they're gonna have to dodge around all your tools to get there and it's gonna be tedious and unfun.But. A multitool. Ahaha, I love it. If you have a bunch of stuff to deal with individual things, you lose creativity. You may create the illusion of it but really, no. Having something that you can bend and contort and can cover a range of things by itself is great. Having a secondary ability to further enhance that is great too. But remember, even if a swiss army knife is a multitool, it can't have all tools. It covers a good area, but still leaves plenty of room. And the fun is, sometimes, you fiddle around a bit and you dig your nail in and find a tool in there that you had no clue about.Examples! A toolbox power would be a magic wand with a list of 20-odd spells. A multi-tool power would be a dagger that could cut through anything. The wand can have a spell for most situations, if not all, but the dagger is a tool that can be used to do many things. Unlock doors, disarm weapons, attack, it can depend on whatever situation you're in!Oh, and note about multi-tools. If you're going to have a power like "guy can generate material he can mold into anything he wants and make it as hard as steel" then you're pretty much doing this with a multitool. Come on, man. At least balance that shit heavily.See, toolboxes lack creativity and can cover most possible applications. Multitools inspire creativity and cover a good portion of applications. And that is the Toolbox Effect.
Quote from: Samael"Ha, HA! I'm gonna kick your butt, Tink!"
Quote from: Tink"Whoopie-cushion-car-seat-ragged-pillowcase-of-SCIENCE!"
Quote from: Samael"Okay, so that was miserable fail. Then, I'm going to punch your face...IN THE FACE!"
Quote from: Tink"Motorcycle-helmet-frying-pan-tin-can-foil-armor-cap-of-SCIENCE"
Quote from: Samael"RRRGH! Well, you know what? I'm tired of your meddling and will teach you a lesson! Prepare for your instant...wait, no. You probably have a tool for this, too, so I'm screwed anyway."
Quote from: Tink"Lawnmower-engine-car-battery-powered-ice-fishing-drill-of-SCIENCE!"
Quote from: Samael"Get away from me you freak!"