Clarification on “Will Always Win Because…”

The comments to last week’s “Will Always Win Because” riff made me think I hadn’t really made my purpose clear enough in the original riff. So here, instead, are some examples from different games I’ve been in. Note that while the character’s foes winning is treated as because of a feature of the character and not the actions of the foes themselves, the same goes for the characters’ foes losing; the trait operates independent of who’s on the other side.

My PCs:

Tuyet: Evil will always win because good is too interested in the conflict. Evil will always lose because good knows what to do with its public relations.

Hoyt: Evil will always win because good can’t resist a puzzle. Evil will always lose because good can adapt the tools it has to do anything.

Aisling: Evil will always win because good’s favorite tactic involves lowering its defenses. Evil will always lose because taking advantage of the above fact leaves them vulnerable to what good is really planning. (The actual outcome, therefore, is a bit of a crapshoot that probably goes to whoever has the most Fate points to play with.)

Lycoris: Evil will always win because good focuses on duty first. Evil will always lose because good knows how to choose and shape the battlefield.

Party satellite NPCs:

Kiara: Evil will always win because good is trying too hard to demonstrate that last time was different. Evil will always lose because good knows more than it lets on.

Ruby: Evil will always win because good assumes the best of everyone. Evil will always lose because good hides a pretty good social understanding behind that terminally innocent facade.

Amaya: Evil will always win because good doesn’t know when not to go it alone. Evil will always lose because good pays close attention to everything.

At-some-point antagonists

Esemeli: Good will always win because evil does not like people enough to make alliances that aren’t family-based. Good will always lose because evil understands loyalty better than good thinks it does.

Jalil: Good will always win because evil insists on doing everything personally. Good will always lose because evil is so convincing.

Zora: Good will always win because evil oversimplifies its concepts. Good will always lose because evil knows when to surrender but not when to give up.

The as-yet-unknown spy: Good will always win because evil wants a conflict. Good will always lose because evil stacks its secret plots better.

Make a little more sense now?

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