Of course this has started making the rounds, and it gives me a little bit of perspective. It is nice to see over the top of the ivory walls every once and awhile. To loosely paraphrase, Mike Mearls has a hotseat interview regarding the purpose and scope of the new red box essentials line. I've made my opinions on the matter clear.
Supposing that what I have to say matters a wit to begin with, I take away two things from this.
1.) Mike Mearls loves his job. Seriously, as an occasional visitor to his site, is there actually anyone who wants to question his credentials? Like those pesky birthers, I find myself needing to state the blatantly obvious. Let me make the crystal nice and clear. NOBODY AT WOTC SET OUT TO DESTROY D&D. I can't believe I actually felt the need to say that.
In fact, that mantle goes to TSR for financial dumbassery, splatbook shotgunning, product prairie-dogging, and ruleset rustling. I still view revised second edition as the root of all evil that has passed, and is yet to come. I may have my issues with their (so called) digital initiative, but I have never felt the hobby was in better hands - over all.
2.) It pains me to say it, but the grognard fucktards are actually getting to the boys from Renton. Seriously - a fucking T-shirt? What kind of idiot...ugh. I'm not even going to go there. If you are simultaneously grognard, belligerent, and like overpriced T-shirts, then you deserve your own adjective - Fucknard? As usual, I digress. It's been two years. I just can't believe people are still crying about this - much less enough to merit a statement from MM himself. It really annoys me that in this day and age, people still get all asshurt when they find out that their favorite product really wasn't designed by elves JUST FOR THEM.
After all, isn't that what this whole hoorah is all about? Folks being all asshurt because "their" game was now "someone else's"? If you are reading this Mr. Mearls, listen up. Unlike half of the nutsacks on the internet, I'm not going to assume you owe me the shit off of your shoes. You build the game you want to build. You build the game my kids are gonna be playing in 10 years. D&D is more than a hideously expensive collection of rules and artwork. It is more than spilled dew and cheetoh stained character sheets. It is more than GNS theory and flame wars. I can't think of anything else off of the top of my head that means so many different things to so many different people. Therefore we come full circle back to the very title of this post.
THERE IS NO MIDDLE GROUND.
THE CENTER IS AN ILLUSION.
THERE IS NO US OR THEM.
We are all gamers...except those still playing revised 2nd, those people are masochists!
Until next time, game well and remember that YOUR game is a trainwreck to everyone who isn't playing it, making you a big pile of fail to all who love you. Until next time.
Oh...a promise is a promise. Keith Baker is a butt pirate (but seriously dude, Eberron Fucking rocks!)