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Imerial units or Metric system?

Postby The Second » Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:07 am

Hello everyone.

I have to admit, as an American over the age of thirty, that when it comes to measurements I am far more comfortable with Imperial Units and so, when it comes to writing, I find myself naturally using feet and inches instead of centimeters and such. When it comes to reading, I've adapted pretty well to converting metrics to Imperial, though it does distract from the flow of whatever it is I'm reading when I do so.

Now I do realize that the good ole American way is a little bit backwards nowadays, what with most of the world having converted to using the Metric System, so when considering a worldwide audience, which system would be preferable? Or should I dodge the bullet by avoiding the use of exact measures?
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Re: Imerial units or Metric system?

Postby Lazzah » Sun Mar 03, 2013 11:37 am

As an Englishman approaching 60, I was educated in the imperial system and am still more comfortable with that. However, you have to bear in mind that games will be played by all nationalities and a lot will use the metric system and I try to do so in my games. Nothing to stop you inventing your own system for a fantasy or sci-fi game though!
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Re: Imerial units or Metric system?

Postby ralphmerridew » Sun Mar 03, 2013 12:52 pm

What's the setting on your game?
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Re: Imerial units or Metric system?

Postby The Second » Sun Mar 03, 2013 5:37 pm

It's a contemporary setting (Los Angeles in the present) so yeah, modern measurements apply.

Lazzah wrote:As an Englishman approaching 60, I was educated in the imperial system and am still more comfortable with that. However, you have to bear in mind that games will be played by all nationalities and a lot will use the metric system and I try to do so in my games. Nothing to stop you inventing your own system for a fantasy or sci-fi game though!


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Re: Imerial units or Metric system?

Postby ralphmerridew » Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:10 pm

Well, if the PC is an American, then you should probably favor the imperial system. If the PC is European, then favour metric.
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