Sunday, February 16, 2014

February 2014 Blog Hop Day 16

Edition wars?  I didn't participate in them.  As I said in yesterday's Blog Hop post, it's the players and characters I enjoy, the mechanics are secondary.

I will admit that I find later editions progressively less appealing, but more because of how they're played (min/maxers I'm talking to you) than because of the actual rules.

Let's face it, when was the last time someone brought in a Magic User with a 9 intelligence to play?  That was one of the more challenging parts of the way the early editions ended up being played. Sometimes, as in what we laughingly refer to as 'real life'; someone has a passion for a field where they have no talent.  Their short lived  triumphs and foreseeable endings are more compelling stories than that of the generic wunderkin I see around the table now a days.

I blame computers, too easy to build a spreadsheet or write a quick script to produce six random rolls all on the far end of the curve.   Not to mention that computers had their own edition wars twenty years ago.

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