Rantings of a Sandmonkey
On the Genocidal leanings of Dungeon and Dragons!
Dungeons & Dragons strips the “role-playing” out of RPGs; it’s a videogame without the graphics, and a pretty boring one, at that.
This guy should be shot. There wouldn’t even BE any such thing as “role-playing games” if it hadn’t been for D&D. The guy is a retard. It’s like saying Tolkien was just another hack writer because there have been so many “better” novelists in the genre he CREATED with “Lord of the Rings”. Such a fucking pissant :O
What a horrible article. A good DM awards experience on roleplaying quality, keeping in character, original thinking, and finishing quests in very complex and enjoyable ways. Plot is a pillar of the game.
The article seems to say that D&D = Simplistic Dungeon Crawls, which simply isn’t true. With a good DM, I can take the basic rogue of 3.5e D&D and turn him into a dashing con-man, a master of disguise and forger who wouldn’t know *how* to use his backstab multiplier, and that character would have much better depth *thanks* to the system.
The possibilities are endless, and D&D did effectively create the genre. I’ve played many systems, from D&D to GURPS to Shadowrun to Vampire – The Masquerade. All have their high points and their low points, but in terms of versatility and flexebility – the Way of the Twenty Sided Die wins. That fool should respect the system that created the wonderful spin-off that is the Star Wars D20 system.
Another inherent advantage of D&D is that it’s easy to convert the system into computer format. Baldur’s Gate series, Icewind Dale series, the two Neverwinter Nights games, and of course all the Golden Box classics.
Some people are just too bitter for their own good.
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