Man, I just got back from gaming at the Baranof (again) and had a blast of a good time. I tell you...I limit myself to a single pitcher and a couple hours (7:45 to 10ish) and I get more gaming accomplished than your average 4E players do in four hours:
- new character creation - check
- challenged player ingenuity, rather than stats? - check
- fought five different monster encounters - check
- hauled out close to 8500gp worth of treasure - check
- party members dying (only one tonight) - check
- purchasing real estate in town - check
- internal party conflict leading to actual combat (no deaths) - check
And my brother wanted to KEEP playing (had to cut him off)...and Steve-O REALLY wants to join us (he just had friends in town from California and was already at a book reading with 'em).
Fun, right? You're damn skippy it was fun. And then I read shit like this.
Which would not bother me so much if I had not checked out the new D&D Essentials at Gary's tonight (well, the exterior anyway, which was bad enough...I couldn't bring myself to look inside the box). My brother's was like, "hey, are they re-issuing the old game?"
No they're turning it into a Goddamn board game. (*turned over the box to see what was included*) See...it comes with two boards even...and some counters to move around.
Fuck that shit.
People, if you don't like what WotC/Hasbro is doing to your game, then STOP BUYING THEIR GODDAMN PRODUCT. I just don't get it. It's not hard. Put your money into something useful. Stocks. Bonds. A savings account. The campaign coffers of your favorite (hopefully Democratic) politician. An indie game. Hell, a nice little card game or beautifully inked board game.
Want pretty pictures? Buy a book of good art. Hell, want fantasy pictures? Get a book of good fantasy art like I did recently.
But don't buy product and complain about it. Hasbro is in the business to make money. Period. The only way they're going to stop shitting on you is if you stop giving them your money. Really. They don't give a rats ass what people complain about if those same complainers just buy the next pile of dog shit they publish. If you're a fan boy/girl that holds out this great hope that the next D&D is going to be great or that a particular module/supplement looks totally sweet, and you pony up your dough on some Great White Hope...well, as they say "fool me once shame on you; fool me twice shame on me." And fool me more than that? You're a big, fat, fucking idiot.
Vote with your wallet: put it back in your pocket and save your money. Go to their free game seminars and check it out once or twice if you want...they provide all the fixin's, free of charge. After you get tired of it...IF you get tired of it, I'm sure there are some folks who find this mindless kewl power skirmish/board game just their cup o' tea...once you get tired of it, if you get tired of it, go back to playing real role-playing games totally free of regret.
I'm sorry...I know what I'm writing is going to offend some of my readers and I apologize, truly. But can you understand how sick and wrong it is to say, "well I knew something was wrong with 3rd edition, and then it seemed worse in 3.5, and got REALLY bad with 4E and now I've got D&D Essentials and enough is enough..."
Why the hell did you get to that point at all?!
Yes, yes, yes...I am an anachronistic old fuddy-duddy. I like music from the 70s and 80s. I prefer to fence without "flicking." I play D&D from 1981. I don't tweet or do anything fancy with my cell phone...the first one I ever purchased and that was in December of 2008.
I am old. And cranky. And I admit, I have been drinking (I was at the Baranof, after all, and it's walking distance from my house).
But damn it...it's not hard! Jesus H...these books are not holding guns to your head and saying "buy me or else." Are you going to let a pile of bound paper (even a large, 300 page pile) dictate what you're going to do? Are you?
Stop. Just stop the madness.
Continue to play D&D and any other role-playing game that strikes your fancy. Please, please do so...the hobby, the industry needs you. But stop buying shit and eating it. And please O please, stop buying shit and eating it and then complaining it tastes bad. Because you knew it was shit...how could you not?
What...because of the pretty pictures? You can get pretty pictures off the internet.
Because of the nostalgia of a Larry Elmore cover? Any one who remembers this is old enough to know better. You're not a dumb kid anymore.
Ugh. It's just dollars and cents, folks. Really. I know the economy is down, and artists and writers and designers need to make a buck, too. But I can't feel sorry for them when they're contributing to the death of the damn hobby.
Give your money to someone else. Vote with your wallet, NOT with your mouth/blog/strongly-worded-letter-or-email. The publishers of D&D are a business enterprise...in the end, the only thing that will make a difference to them is a decline in revenue.
Sad but true.