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    The LotFP Thread (with Poll!)

    As for differences between Lamentations and Labyrinth Lord or B/X, I'd say the biggest changes are losing the class-based restrictions on equipment, Fighters being the only ones to get a better attack bonus when leveling up, the Specialist class and the skill system, and the new encumbrance...
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    The LotFP Thread (with Poll!)

    I really like Lamentations of the Flame Princess as a system, and I like several of the adventures for it as well, but I can certainly see not doing so, and not everything the company puts out has been my cup of tea either (Blood in the Chocolate for instance was pretty bad in my opinion)...
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    Law enforcement in fantasy games

    It differs hugely. Most of the time, foreign dignitaries are not people looking to start a business in the area, so it is a different thing from that perspective. And, again you have the whole "oh right, but there's also the legitimate government which you actually have to go talk to as well"...
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    Law enforcement in fantasy games

    If nobody dares to talk about them, they aren’t really legitimate. The mafia operates as an open secret. The local noble would be the one who automatically receives foreign dignitaries if they show up. Yakuza might have deep connections with the government, ok (I didn’t notice this when I was...
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    Law enforcement in fantasy games

    Kind of my point really. As I mentioned earlier, there's no "way it was" that applies to all places all through the medieval period. Although when it comes to serfs in Russia the real rise of serfdom there didn't happen until the 16th century, when the practice was definitely either dead or...
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    Law enforcement in fantasy games

    England wasn't the only place operating pretty much only on Germanic customs, you can throw in all of Scandinavia there as well for most of the Middle Ages. And just to add to the thing about the influence of the church, one way that it had a lot of influence is that often they were a large...
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    Law enforcement in fantasy games

    Maybe so, but they also know they can't operate fully out in the open. If a modern city official asks boss Giovanni "are you a mafiosos" he'll probably say "no, never heard of it". If an early medieval official asks Don Giovanni if he's a nobleman, he might take offence at it not being...
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    Law enforcement in fantasy games

    To see how stuff can degenerate when the legal system fails, and when enforcement is left up to injured parties, just look at the blood feuds in Icelandic sagas. Lots of revenge killings, and eventually someone gets their house burned down (with them still inside).
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    Law enforcement in fantasy games

    The big problem I have with the mafia/gangland analogy is that unlike modern criminal organizations, the feudal (or whatever) order was fully legitimate. You don’t get the whole “no snitching” thing or stuff like that, and you get plenty of people involved in the whole thing who in modern times...
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    Law enforcement in fantasy games

    A strong sense of nationalism in the sense that "we live in Germany, therefore we are Germans" sure. But there was still a lot of judging people on where they were from and such. It was just a lot more local. If you weren't from the immediate area, you were a foreigner of some kind. This was...
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    Law enforcement in fantasy games

    I think the whole "peasants had no rights, nobles had all the rights" thing is often very exaggerated. In the 13th and 14th century, juries in manorial courts in England were more often made up of serfs than of free men. Nothing informal about it, these juries are in the court rolls of the...
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    Law enforcement in fantasy games

    The one most important thing to remember is there is no one set of rules that represents everywhere, or even a majority of cases. There was no Middle Ages tradition. Serfdom for instance? Didn’t exist in Sweden (slavery yes, serfdom no). Nobles? Not a thing in Norway after the Black Death. And...
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    Law enforcement in fantasy games

    A lot of times they probably would care about protocol, but the protocol itself would put much less value on outsiders. Kill a local man and pay a hefty fine. Kill a foreigner, the fine would be much lower.
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    Law enforcement in fantasy games

    A lot of the time protection and influence for lower classes came from periods before too much formal hierarchy though (like a lot of the Germanic tribal laws), or had to be won through hardball tactics (like the Roman secession of the plebs or Social wars). They weren’t gifts from rulers on...
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    Law enforcement in fantasy games

    Unless the kingdom is really small the king is hardly going to have time to hear all cases, so some other form of judge is going to be present. And juries of course grew out of various Germanic legal traditions which coincided with monarchies. Common people may also have had fewer legal rights...
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