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Rules Can't Replace Imagination: An RPG Rant I Can Agree With

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Kevin over at Kore RPG has a problem with the way some modern RPGs are designed that is very similar to one of my major pet peeves with them. He has a great rant that says what I feel much better than I could: Just one more formulaic CRPG-ification bullet into the imagination at the heart of RPGs. Go read it!

N. Wright said...
August 26, 2010 at 12:08 PM  

I totally agree with everything he said. I don't like how everything is nailed down quite so firmly with 4th edition, and how's it's a game about wizards and warriors with no magic, mystery, or fantasy in it whatsoever.

I can't remember the source of the quote, but a highly intelligent man once remarked that the guys who designed 3e were good at making rules, but had a poor understanding of fantasy. If only he could see the 4th edition guys, imagine what he'd say!

Kevin said...
August 26, 2010 at 1:21 PM  

Thanks Randall and N.Wright. I'm glad to hear my rant resonated with a number of individuals in the rpg-verse.

To be honest I nearly hit the delete button and not the publish button. Glad I didn't.

Hopefully it'll foster some analysis and discussion on where our games should go.

Randall said...
August 26, 2010 at 8:42 PM  

@Kevin: I'm very glad you did not hit the delete button. Your rant was once of the best reads I've had this week.

Kevin said...
August 27, 2010 at 11:59 AM  

@Randall: Then I'm glad I could oblige. Apparently my muse, though verbose and cantankerous, was also chock full of insightful observations for more than just the author.

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