To GRID, or not to GRID.

I just read a blog post where the Rhetorical Gamer rants about another blog post in which the Lizard’s Game and Geekery site posted about a WotC blog about using grids for combat.

Well, it just goes to show – the Rhetorial Gamer demonstrate an inherent bias clearly indicated by your statement that “I assume that his games are not simply tactical wargames with minis.”

There is nothing wrong with combat being a tactical wargame with minis, and clearly that is what the Lizard guy enjoys. Obviously (or he wouldn’t be into RPGs) he is also interested in what happens between combats, and this is probably not helped by using a grid.

In combat (which is THE subject of discuccion), it is perfectly valid (without anyone having to boil anyone’s blood) to be more interested in what happens, rather than some story or other. The story will be the result and embellishment of what happens (as written by the victors) – and to those of us who are interested in the mechanics of what happens, sppears to us to be simply the effect of which the battle was the cause.

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One Response to To GRID, or not to GRID.

  1. Manoj says:

    I am a Health Visitor and a mother of a son with colmepx learning and medical needs and this gives me an insight from both a personal and professional perspective.As a mother the lack of cohesion and communication within health particularly is a massive stress on me as a carer to my son. I have had some wonderful professionals involved with my son but often each discipline looks at the child from their perspective rather as mentioned above as a holistic member of a family. This lack of communication puts pressure on me as a parent to act and often fight as an advocate for my son to ensure his needs are met. This results in the involvement of professionals often adding stress to my family rather than the support they should be providing.Services for children with colmepx needs whatever the needs are should be focused with the family in mind. At times I have had over 15 professionals involved in meeting my son’s health needs (not including education and social professionals) and each professional saw me as the key to coordinate the services. The design of health services should include recognition of the pressure of families to attend numerous appointments and wherever possible multi agency clinics would help where the young person and their carer can attend a clinic where they can see numerous professionals rather than having to attend numerous ones at different venues. This would really help both parents and professionals to communicate together to plan to meet the needs of the child.This has become much more important with the health policies of recent years where services have moved from local providers to more regional specialist centres. This has resulted in families having to travel considerable distances to see consultants and specialist nurses which again Impacts on family life massively.From a professional perspective working with families with children under 5 years this is often the time where the journey for families starts and as all research identifies early intervention is vital for these families. The family not only needs support to deal with the emotional impact of having a child with any additional need but also to provide the family with the skills they need to deal with their journey ahead including information on services, information about their child’s condition, how to deal with professionals and how to obtain the best outcomes for their child and family.At present the support given to families varies considerably with different areas having massive disparity in the resources available. In the area I work for example the support given to families is the responsibility of the generic health visiting service. Due to the massive pressures particularly safeguarding and delivery of the child health programme support of these families can be difficult to give. I also know that colleagues find giving this support difficult due to the colmepx systems involved in coordinating the responsibilities of health, education and social care. I would argue if professionals find it difficult how must the parents feel?Another issue within health which needs addressing is training. I recently completed my degree in health visiting and in an intensive 12 month course we had a half day lecture on working with families with a child with colmepx needs!!! I also know that medical programmes do not have a massive input of training for working with these families. My old GP used to send doctors and medical students to my home when my son was younger to obtain a history to gain experience and I never had a doctor leave who wasn’t completely astounded about the number of professionals, impact on family life etc, etc… my son’s health needs had. I do believe that early intervention is the key to improving outcomes for children and families with colmepx needs but this needs to be done by professionals who are specially trained and up to date who can develop families skills and empower them and who can also inform and train colleagues which will hopefully impact on their practice.To summarise, in an economic climate that means we have to look at health care most of the previous comments discuss issues such as communication and coordination of services which does not have to cost the health service more money particularly in this technological age!! What it does need however are well trained health professionals who are informed of the impact of planning services that meet the needs of families rather than professional need. This is of particular importance when the new health care bill comes into force and service provision and redesign will become a much bigger concern. If we don’t do this the public health impact of having a child with additional health or learning needs will be massive for families and this continues forever for that family so if we don’t get it right and invest properly in supportive services the long term costs will be massive.

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