[RPG] a ‘Death Spiral’


And what does it mean for combat in a game?

Best Answer

A "Death Spiral" is something that can happen in games where your combat skill is affected by your health (or similar attribute). If you take a hit, your combat skill decreases slightly (making it harder for you to hit the opponent and/or easier for the opponent to hit you).

While there is a certain realism to this, it can often quickly lead to the "death spiral" where each hit makes it increasingly unlikely for the loser to come back, as they are getting consistently worse at attacking and/or defending.

It can lead to very lopsided combat, even against some seemingly well-matched opponents.