So if realism has not its place here in this game, why are we able to jump, run and slide?
I see you know how to play “no ready posty”!
I did say, I think quite carefully, that realism takes a back seat to good mechanics and gameplay. If you can point out where I said that realism has no place, I will be very impressed. Because I didn’t say it.
If you read what I actually did say, you’ll see quite clearly that I think realism is very important. But you must make sacrifices in order to make compelling mechanics that drive challenge and tension in the gameplay.
I will put some strenuously highlighted examples below for you, so as not to tax you to the point of overheating.
What I actually said:
Where there is no conflict with gameplay and mechanical considerations, the world should be plausible and internally coherent.
All good fiction is grounded in relatable reality, that behaves according to internally consistent rules, so that the more fantastical elements have significance, and a basis for comparison and contrast.
The amount of people willing to make the “Magic exists so nothing has to make sense” argument always astounds me in these types of discussions.
Is that a bold enough emphasis of what I actually said for you?
Now, to address what you said:
If I get pin down by a dog, I will fight back.
You will struggle and panic, if it is a chaos hound doubly so. Have you ever actually seen someone try to fend off a big attack dog biting them? What you imagine you would do is immaterial, and doesn’t much impress me.
Same if I get a net on me. If I have a knife on me, I will use it and try to set me free.
Except it’s not just a net, is it. It’s an electrocution net. Next time you get netted by a trapper, look at your character. You are spasming desparately, not in control of your muscles, on the ground, like a wet fish on land.
So not only have you not made a good mechanical or gameplay reason for why you should be able to break free, your own argument appealing to realism above all else has fallen completely flat on its face. It would be entirely unrealistic for you to be able to whip out a knife and cut yourself free of a metal net that is tasing you.
Once again, the trapper is fine.