There exists no more rancid a pustule and blemish upon the mechanical mores of our hobby than the modern D20 systems. In fact it is well within acceptable boundaries to posit that their continued existence and market dominance is an affront to God himself by the defiance of good iterative design principles alone.
Many proponents of D20 systems hide behind assertions that people can like what they like. This is certainly true, to an extent. However, a role playing game system exists to facilitate a unique art form, and can and should be critiqued on the merits of its ability to accomplish this. Continue reading “Rules as Written: How D20 Systems and Their Derivatives Fail”