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Alexander Augunas wrote:As a final point, a good game designer knows that once an initial idea is settled upon the mechanics should come before the flavor. Flavor is malleable (especially when that flavor comes from the Core Rulebook line). Mechanics are not.
In my view it should be the exact opposite. When you're talking specifically about a roleplaying game, the mechanics exist to facilitate playing a role in whatever fictional world is being presented. Flavor, in other words, is primary; mechanics can and should be adjusted in whatever way is necessary to make them fit the flavor.
In principle i might be with you but my experience with white wolf's games (oWoD, nWoD, nnWoD, scion, exalted 2E, exalted 2.5E) has shown me that when you put flavor before mechanics you end up with really bad systems.