Rules as Written: How D20 Systems and Their Derivatives Fail

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”

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Truth and Reconciliation, Coming to a Table Near You

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Episode 30 of Little Wars discussed various means of ‘safety’ that see usage among certain RPG circles. These methods, trinkets, and baubles certainly entertain in a sort of point and laugh, ‘look at these fragile fools’ sort of way. But this development gives us unique insight into linguistic and conversational control and the future of traditional games as a hobby. Continue reading “Truth and Reconciliation, Coming to a Table Near You”