While some may have run games like this since they were children, Ben Robbins fleshed out the nuances of what he eventually called The West Marches. Matt Colville had a great youtube video about it so we wanted to bring it to your attention because it sounds super sexy. That last part was Brett.
Counting coup in rpgs, it stems from an old tradition of the Native Americans. In roleplaying games it can be considered a different way to handle combat. It doesn’t always have to be ‘to the death’! What if a nonplayer character needs the party to do some bidding, yet they still need to convey their superiority to the not-so-humble player characters. Perhaps a duel is in order, but points are used. And there’s something to be said if a character in your rpg has inflicted multiple scars to that one nemesis in a way that bestows humiliation and dishonor upon that foe. How would you consider using counting coup to spice up your rpg combat encounters?