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But which of the designers will have to take up the "Pretentious, condescending, supercilious arrogant pillock" role? I mean, it's not like they can just HIRE Luke Crane...
One of the one-shot con games I may run this year is an RPG in which the players play characters that are in turn playing characters inside an MMORPG. So-far my initial experiments have been totally awesome, but within the confines of a group I know well and that is open to bizarre ideas. If you've ever read "Ready Player One" you might see some resemblance, though the idea dates back to before I read the book.The language I use at the moment is that a player (me or you) plays a proxy (the character within the far-off future setting where the economic ephemeralization has pushed them into lives of "farming gold") who in turn has a roster of characters to play.It has a bit of a paranoia like mechanic in that when your characters get killed, they are permanently dead, but you can just "buy" a replacement off the character market at any given time. So sometimes the game just keeps rolling and rolling until you have a mountain of dead bards.
What the hell? That was mean and uncalled for. You have never met Luke. He's a nice person, albeit kind of socially awkward. I would say that you are the one being arrogant and cruel, lighting into someone like that. I'm not saying you have to like his voice or what he says, but that name-calling is overkill.
What the hell? That was mean and uncalled for. You have never met Luke. He's a nice person, albeit kind of socially awkward. I would say that you are the one being arrogant and cruel, lighting into someone like that. I'm not saying you have to like his voice or what he says, but that name-calling is overkill.In retrospect, that's a fair cop, I was a real prick to the guy for little reason and with no justification. It was definitely over the line - and to be honest, I feel a right cockhead for saying it. Just because he comes off badly the few times I've heard from him(well, in my opinion, at least) doesn't give me license to pass judgement on the guy - Yeah, pretty huge dick move there, and I should have kept my mouth shut. No matter my thoughts or mood at the time, they're utterly irrelevant it's real shitty to take it out on the guy. You're absolutely right to call me out on it, I apologize. I'll hold my tongue better, in future.
You could never be a US Senator with an attitude like that! Apologizing for a mistake?!
You could never be a US Senator with an attitude like that! Apologizing for a mistake?!I'd have to come up with a hell of a reason to become a US senator in the first place, I'd think. But bloody interesting if I did, though, and I would like to think I'd still cop it sweet when I fucked up, if for some insane reason and as a result of a ludicrous chain of events, I did become one.
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Thank you Churba. You are a reasonable and good person. I know how it is to come off poorly to people, and as I have talked to Luke I know that he's not really a jerk, so I just wanted to defend him.
Last week I decided that I would leave my contract position with Wizards of the Coast. I am no longer working on Dungeons & Dragons, although I may provide occasional consultation in the future. My decision is one based on differences of opinion with the company. However, I want to take this time to stress that my differences were not with my fellow designers, Rob Schwalb and Bruce Cordell. I enjoyed every moment of working with them over the past year. I have faith that they'll create a fun game. I'm rooting for them. Due to my non-disclosure agreement, as well as a desire to keep things on a professional level, I have no intention of going into further detail at this time. (Mostly, I just hate drama, and would rather talk about more interesting things.) As for what I'll be turning to next, I hope you'll stay tuned. I plan on having an interesting announcement in that regard in the near future.
Monte has been there and left before for what I imagine were similar reasons. I will say that I get highly annoyed with my friends that are big RPG nerds that hate on specific designers (some hate on Monte, others on Cordell, others on Mearls). Every one of those guys, when I've met them in person, has seemed a scholar and a gentleman.
Ask them to name characteristics of specific designers. They probably can't.
So, the Playtest Packets for DnD Next are about to go out. You can still sign up to get one (you're assured of getting one, it's not a lottery or anything).
So, the Playtest Packets for DnD Next are about to go out. You can still sign up to get one (you're assured of getting one, it's not a lottery or anything).I have very little faith in their process. I was given an invite to their "friends & family" playtest several months ago, went through the ordeal of getting a group together, having them all sign NDAs, sent our packet in, and never heard a single word back from WotC.
Sign up? Why would you sign up? There's never a reason to sign up.
Ad hoc'd a Cthulhu session with my bros the other night and they loved it. Writing the next session right now.