Monday, January 9, 2012

Cognitive Dissonance

Is it weird that:

1) I wish WOTC the best of luck with 5e and am even interested in beta testing the game to help make it an even better game,

. . . but at the same time . . .

2) I hope that WOTC fails miserably with 5e and goes down in flames, creating such a sulfur-belching crater that no game companies will go anywhere near the name Dungeons and Dragons and we can finally let the poor thing rest in peace


- Ark


  1. *puts on a dress and a long, flowing wig while brandishing a flaming torch*

    Ark, think of the tired, poor, huddled 4e masses:

    Not like the brazen giants of a Geek game,
    With corporate limbs astride from land to land;
    Here at our home-brewed, sturdy gates shall stand
    A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
    Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
    Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
    Glows worlds-wide welcome; her enchanting eyes command
    The open harbor that any player could game.
    "Keeps, Ancient Lands, your stories of Glory and Pomp!" cries she
    With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to play their beloved edition of D&D,
    The wretched refuse of their teeming game settings of yore.
    Send these, the homeless, edition-lost to the port of the Old School Refugee,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

    *gazes determinedly towards the future, all the while carefully considering which table to have those refugees roll to open that door, holding the pose in front of portable fan for effect*

  2. D&D is good for RPGs - it lures poor, hapless teenagers into our darkened, needle-strewn alleyway of RPGs! Without the buxom, peroxided hooker standing on the street inviting people in, nobody would ever go there!

  3. The old wisdom in the RPG biz was "as goes D&D, so goes the Industry". Which is a bit like the old axiom "no one ever got fired for buying IBM."

    D&D may not be the 800-lb gorilla anymore, more like the 500-lb one with a 400-lb orangutan named "Pathfinder" sitting next to it, but it is still the most widely recognized "name".

  4. @bio - You know bio, you have quite the knack for cross-dressing and misquoting Emma Lazarus while making a valid point. ;)

    @Carter - Yes bio did, didn't he? :)

    @Strained - I've never likened Gary Gygax to a buxom, peroxied hooker - but heck, I'll try anything once.

    @Timothy - Yeah, after giving it some thought, my dissonance has died down a bit and I'll send WOTC happy thoughts over the ether.

    - Ark