Over the next six months or so, I do not intend to talk about 5th edition. The reader may feel confident that this blog is a Next-free zone. I do have two players who have given me some idea of what's being offered there - it sounds to me as if WOTC has realized that it's had it's head up it's ass for about fifteen years . . . and in an effort to fix it, they've decided to put their foot up there too, in order to have it wedged between their teeth.
I got some spam from the WOTC the other day, regarding some dumb series they have going. I jumped right back at them and spammed them about my book of essays. Where upon a real person thanked me for the information. So perhaps I should stop ganking the WOTC?
Nah, not yet. I have this bizarre dream - can't really call it a fantasy - where the WOTC discovers my book How to Run, then my blog, then the content rules on my blog, and they offer me a job. That would be funny. Me, working for the WOTC. I think I'd have to tell them the deal would include Mike Mearls being given his walking papers. Chris Perkins can stay, I think - I want to see how fast I can make him hate me, and then how long after that it will take to make him a spitting, squalling infant. I'm guessing I can do both in less than four minutes, fourteen seconds.
I cannot begin to express how much raw, unbridled hatred I have for the corporate end of this hobby. I have no real problem with people who want to work to produce products and make some money; no one is going to get rich doing this, me included, so it's just a way of getting the word out there. Nope, what I despise is the process by which we take things that work, that perform the service needed, then rehash them under the label 'improvement,' when all we've done is complicate the re-training process. Don't like 4e? Well, there are only about 2,000 different kinds of role-playing games on the market. Oh wait, a bunch of fucks in an office that don't really play have released a new version. Let's talk about that for six months.
I say that they don't really play because really, they don't. If you think they do, then you haven't any personal relationship with the corporate world. Managers in the corporate world do not have 'lives.' They have spurts of non-corporate interaction with fellow humans during which they talk about their difficulties working for corporate goals, while trying to figure out how to make the few hours of their non-corporate existence more corporate-purposed. For example, a corporate person will spend four hours on their weekend cleaning the side of a highway because it means they can wear a corporate shirt, participate with other corporate volunteers, film it, then employ that footage to make others feel guilty for not spending more of their time working towards corporate aims.
The bullshit, non-complicated one-night adventure RPG ideal is perfect for corporate types. They can be seen to 'play,' this can be filmed, it's only a very minor distraction from their primary motivations and it can be done with pre-made packaged crap that, in turn, sells the pre-made packaged crap WHILE playing. It is corporate perfect.
Fundamentally, you are playing a version of the game that has been designed for a corporate drone. How does that make you feel?