Is there an RPG where each character controls a group of people? [closed]

I am working on the beta version of an online RPG game with some friends where the players all control a nation. Each player controls a large political party/guild/noble family. My question is if there are any RPGs the forum knows of where each player controls an organization or a group of people instead of a single player.

If a College of Creation bard is incapacitated, who controls the bard’s dancing item?

The College of Creation bard gets Animating Performance at 6th level which allows them to animate an object and control it using a bonus action:

It can move and use its reaction on its own, but the only action it takes on its turn is the Dodge action, unless you take a bonus action on your turn to command it to take another action. That action can be one in its stat block or some other action. If you are incapacitated, the item can take any action of its choice, not just Dodge.

My question is, when the bard gets incapacitated, what does it mean for the object to take an action "of its choice?"

Does control of the object pass to the dungeon master?

For comparison, other, similar effects either explicitly state that the DM gains control. For example, Conjure elemental:

If your concentration is broken, the elemental doesn’t disappear. Instead, you lose control of the elemental, it becomes hostile toward you and your companions, and it might attack. An uncontrolled elemental can’t be dismissed by you, and it disappears 1 hour after you summoned it.

…Or simply dictate the conjured creature’s fallback behavior. For example, any of the new Summon spells in Tasha’s Cauldron:

The creature is an ally to you and your companions [and] It obeys your verbal commands […] If you don’t issue any, it takes the Dodge action and uses its move to avoid danger.

Note that the wording of Dancing Item is also used in the Circle of Wildfire Druid’s Wildfire Spirit.

Customizer – binding jQuery created controls

I tried several plugins posted by Weston Ruter for jQuery created controls for the wp customizer. They work but are different from those created via PHP. For example, controls created with PHP ( customizer.php ) respond normally to code in customize-controls.js or in customize-previews.js:

”’ api( ‘tzkmx_test_control’, function( value ){ value.bind( function( to ) { var answer = to; });}); ”’ Controls created with jQuery do not respond to binding! Does anyone know how to bind them?

Evaluating security controls of smaller vendors

In the IT Security team where I work, we currently use the Standarized Information Gathering or SIG tool to evaluate IT security posture of prospective 3rd party vendors. What I like about the SIG is the questions are standarized and depending on responses, only relevant follow up questions are asked.

At very small vendors though that may not have a dedicated IT or IT security function, a lot of the SIG questions may not apply. Currently, we are evaluating a smaller vendor providing a niche service and we are not comfortable with giving due diligence sign off due to the very limited responses provided on SIG questionnaire completed by such vendor. A lot of the controls and best practices on the SIG simply are not applicable due to vendor size. Furthermore, vendor will have remote access to our company infrastructure.

Question: what alternative approaches are viable for risk assessment of very small vendors in which market size is also small and competitors are of approximately same size, so switching vendors is not feasible?

Introducing inconsistent controls: is it appropriate for the sake of usability?

We’re building a web application based on Material UI. Throughout the app there are select components, which behave like shown in the example below: The default label informs about the functionality of the select and when a value is selected, this label shrinks and moves up, so that it is still shown above the selected value.

standard use case

We use those components mainly for standard “organizational” bulk operations, such as sort, group etc. Therefore, no value is selected by default, the default label is shown and the user should know what the control is there for.

However, we also have a settings page (and forms), where there are already set values, like language. This leaves the select in the state where that informational default label has already shrinked to its smaller size (and would always stay that way, since a language can’t be unselected).

Because of this, I’d like to change the select component here, so that the label isn’t shown at all and instead introduce another easy-to-read label that is placed above, like shown on the picture below.

pre-select use case

I feel like this would be a good approach in terms of usability, making the controls easier to recognize and thus helping the user change their settings. (Imagine a multitude of settings and looking for a specific one to change).

However, it also introduces inconsistencies, since there would be two kinds of select throughout the application.

I’d like to know whether those kinds of incosistencies are acceptable for the sake of better usability. Do the benefits outweigh the possibility of irritating the user? Maybe you could provide any related research or real life examples of similar inconsistencies for the sake of usability. Maybe there’s even a way to quantify those “pains vs gains”?

Any input is greatly appreciated!

How to choose the best type of controls to use in a toolbar?

I have a 3D view displaying two objects. One is the reference object, the other the user object. Displaying the two objects together allows the user to compare its own object to a reference object (these objects are gamuts).

Each object have three display modes (smooth, wireframe and flat) and an opacity selector (a slider ranging from 0 to 100).

There also are controls that are “gamuts independent” : a selector to chose from 2D to 3D, a “Top View” and a “Bottom View” buttons and a slider, called Gamut Slice on the following picture.

The picture represents what we have today, but we wish to redesign this window.

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(The two check boxes “New Profile” and “Reference Profile” are not useful and will be deleted.)

I’d like to integrate all the control elements in a toolbar, but I don’t know which criterion are the best to determine the controls I should be using.

Especially, I would like to somehow regroup the display modes Smooth, Wireframe, and Flat together. I thought of two possible solutions : using three separate buttons (one for each mode), or using a combo box with the three modes. There are probably plenty of other possible solutions.

On what criterion should I make my choices ?

Who controls a summoned steed’s familiar?

The spell Find Steed allows you to cast a spell and have it also effect your steed.

While mounted on your steed, you can make any spell you cast that targets only you also target your steed.

In the targets section of the Players Handbook it states:

A spells description tells you whether the spell targets creatures, objects, or a point of origin for an area effect. (PHB, pg 204)

With the spell Find Familiar, it’s description clearly denotes that you are the target:

You gain the service of a familiar, a spirit that takes an animal form you choose: bat, cat, crab, frog (toad), hawk, lizard, octopus, owl, poisonous snake, fish (quipper), rat, raven, sea horse, spider, or weasel.

The spell indicates that you can’t have more than one familiar at a time, however in this case that would not be the result.

The PC casts Find Familiar and it’s effect targets the PC and (as per Find Steed) also targets the summoned steed. Tada! Two familiars appear, one bonded with the PC & one bonded the the steed.

Who controls the familiar bonded to the summoned steed, the GM or the Player?

Note: A Paladin with the ritual casting or magic initiate feat would be able to gain access to both spells, Find Steed & Find Familiar.