Monday, January 11, 2010

Hey, I Don't Know Everything

Who would like to try to explain the following (found on TV Tropes and Idioms)?
"For a long while (it looks as if it's been relaxed slightly), discussing Dungeons and Dragons novels on the official Dungeons and Dragons website's forums was a banning offense, due to what appears, by reading between what few lines remain, to have been legally actionable statements and an apocalyptic, immense flame war. To this day, the moderators are explicitly forbidden from even hinting at what caused the fracas on pain of firing, and even the posts in question do not exist anymore."
It occurs prior to my experience with D&D on the web.  Before blogs, I used to avoid it like the plague.

8 comments:

G. Benedicto said...

Ancient netlore refers to these events as the "Time of Troubles."

But seriously, I have no idea either and would love to hear the dirt.

rmckee78 said...

Maybe someone said that Tasselhoff could beat Drizzt in a fight. I never heard of this, but now you have me very eager to learn.

noisms said...

Could it just be that D&D novels are such utter turd that Wizards of the Coast finds them too shameful to bear the light of open discussion?

Chgowiz said...

@noisms - YES!

Carl said...

I'm curious now, too. However, I fear that we'll all be disappointed when we find out what actually caused the ban.

Likely someone said that the novels suck and someone disagreed. Then the guns came out.

Alexis said...

Carl,

If so, it shows what level of squalling infant is running the show up at WOTC.

Carl said...

I think we already had that figured out. ;-)

Elton said...

Well, the novels aren't exactly -- "Great American Novel" quality -- but then again the Great American Novels -- the Great Gatsby for one -- are so utterly boring that they make the WotC novel good.

That being said, I'd rather read a Conan the Barbarian short story by Robert E. Howard than most of the tripe that came out of WotC lately. Notice, though, I said most (I'm mildly entertained by R.A. Salvatore's early work and I still find the Dragonlance novels a good read).