11 August 2011 at 3:23pm
I just read your News post titled 'Death is not the end...?' and wanted to say that I really enjoyed hearing your thoughts spelled out so clearly and thoroughly.
When I first discovered this rule I was very surprised, and set out with the intention of playing your gamebook with a no-deaths character like I do with other gamebooks. As I read and played the book though I came to love your system, and see how it worked well with your style of tactical/strategic combat gameplay.
I do play with one custom variation of your rules though. When I die I force myself to remove any consumable items I was carrying. I tend to be a horder (which is not good for this style of gamebook with such a restrictive carrying limit). And I tend to avoid using consumables (saving them for later when I might really need them - at least that's my backwards thinking - I know it is contradictory). So this rules variation ensures that I do actually use consumables even for 'easy' fights that I might get unlucky dice rolls, and I find I enjoy the book more as a result.