(A bit from the forthcoming Galaxy XXX I thought I might share with you. It’s really useful for just about any game, but in a game where sex is a viable solution for problems, it becomes more than useful. You’ll see what I mean.)

Less and More

Get yourself some chips or tokens or something similar. Make sure you have two colors. I suggest Go stones. You’ll see why in a moment.

These are your “Less” and “More” chips. Or tokens. Or whatever you happen to have. Everyone should agree on what the colors mean. Black means “More of This” and white means “Less of This,” for example. Or, the other way around. Just to make it clear: every player has one white and one black token.

Now, when things happen in the game, any player at any time can put forward one of her tokens. When you put a “More of This” token in the center of the table, it means “I like what just happened and I’d like to see more of it.”

If a player puts a “Less of This” token in the center of the table, it means “I’m uncomfortable or don’t like what just happened and I’d like to see less of it.”

Players don’t “lose” their tokens when they use them. Once you’ve put your token out and everybody’s seen it, put it back in front of you.

If you see another player putting out a More of This token and you agree, you can put out your token, too. Likewise, if you see someone else putting out a Less of This token, and you agree, you can put out your token as well. If you see a lot of tokens on the board, that says something about your group. You—the players and GM—should probably listen to it.

Now, there is a small danger here. What if someone is about to put out a Less of This token and someone else (or two someone elses) put out a More of This token?

First, you should never be nervous or embarrassed to put out the Less of This token. The people you are playing with are mature adults who don’t want you to feel uncomfortable. This is about respect. Respecting other people at the table is a Big Deal with this game (and, frankly, with me as a GM). If you want to put out a Less of This token, do it. Your friends want to keep gaming with you and they’ll understand.

Also, if you feel embarrassed about putting out the More of This token… same advice. Don’t be. Same reasons apply.

Galaxy XXX: Less and More