Well, I offer this in the spirit of “Fair and Balanced reporting”. Rather than make comments on the blog post about DnD, alot of people opted to send me e-mails about it. Wherever I have quoted is an actual reply, and I have requested and received permission to post these anonymously. So, without further ado, on to the replies... Any perceived lack of grammar or sentence structure belongs to the quoted authors. Some of these are quite a bit to read through!
“you stupid arrogant bastard you present yourself as some all knowing deity of ADnD well your actually not. you proabbly started playing last year and your so happy that a new system is out and you can lord your knowledge of the system over all your players i feel bad for the people who play with you your one of those holyer than thou types gaming with you must be an exercise in listening to you talk about how much more you know than anyone else. admit it the system sucks and you defend it because you bought it have fun with your skills and powers i’ll be having alot more fun with people who actually like me and enjoy playing a good game that doesnt need updating”
WOW! Alex, I’d like to buy a comma, perhaps a period... You’re more than right about the “holier than thou” thing, that’s a character flaw :) I actually have been playing longer than a year, honest. I can cite some references if you actually must know... (ROFLMAO, I have to give my DnD credentials to make a blog post. I think I have finally made it to the big time. Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close up!!) But seriously pal, turn on the grammar checker in MS word and write your e-mails in that if you want anyone to take you seriously. I’ll not defend the system again, I think that’s what started all this.
(ermmm Jump in Tony, Jane, Bob, anybody!! Defend my DnD honor... ok???)
“Bill, while you make some strong points in defense of the system, I still ask why it was necessary in the first place. I don’t think 3.5 was bad at all. The timing of the release, so soon after 3.5 makes me question WotC as well. Unlike some, I’m buying the system soon and will give it a try, but I won’t get it until some of my group does as well, I don’t want to force it on anyone.”
#1 - Bless you for writing in English!
#2 - I agree with everything you said, I think they are milking this cash cow for all it’s worth. I doubt 3.5 sales will stop next Tuesday, so now publishers have 2 wonderful income streams. Kinda makes me love America!
“FUCKTARD? you stole that from CAD you prick. <[:-)”
Correction, I borrowed with no intent of citing or returning!
“Only someone who really thinks highly of themselfs could in one article tell all of us what Wotc was thinking about the release, how dumb the rest of the DnD world is and how great the new system is. I think we all bow at you superior intellect. Are we worthy to drink from the font of your wisdom some more? Will you tell us all how to convert our characters. Wotc didn’t knowing they you to fall back on. Will you illuminate us on how we migrate our existing worlds, npcs and stuff? Please, great one, share with us poor slobs who are not as in touch with the gods.”
Great bootlicking, I’ll bet you’re the night manager! And yes, I am truly magnificent enough to do all those things in one post. It comes with the clarity of vision I have about all things, remember I am Holier than Thou :) As you drink from the trough of my wisdom, I would hope that you recall that it’s a FUCKING BLOG. You’re not required to read it or agree with it. It is one man’s opinion, and I tried to use enough stereotypes that people would get a good laugh from it. If you took it seriously, my apologies. I would think the fact that my name is unknown in publishing circles would make you understand that my opinion has NO MORE validity than yours. And since you got pissy, I’m not gonna help you convert your characters, even though I know how!!
“DUde, I worked hard to manage this store and I don’t think you should jest go dissin it cuz it’s not up to your standards. yeah you may make more than me but i don’t need all that muvh. I got my buds and we got our games and we have fun, try not to give me your snotty highbrow shit i don’t want your life but dont dis mine. I put alot of time into second edition and i like it better than anything else, that doesn’t make me a fucktard. but roll on man have fun.”
Same to you bro! And if I sounded like I was lumping you into a bad group, I apologize, like I said before, I added some stereotypes to the post to make some folks laugh. And mega-kudos to you for knowing what a fucktard is!!! CAD 4ever!!
And there ends my sample. Just so you know, I got about 10 e-mails of the first one I quoted, and a smattering of the others. Of the 10, I picked that one for it’s eloquence and clarity... I shit thee not, that was an easy one to read.
The BEST e-mail came from overseas and was so absolutely cool that I am buying a set of books and mailing them to this kid. He pulled apart almost the whole post and asked very lucid questions about how the game worked and he ended it with a great story about his playing, his group and what they do. I might just be sending money to Nigeria, but if I am, so be it, if this e-mail is true, the kid deserves all three books and more!! (And no, he didn’t ask for anything in the e-mail!)
And the one comment that defended my honor....
OK, fine. Since he won't do it, Alex, I will enlighten you that Bill has been gaming for about 27-28 years (a very scary thought IMHO). Which is not to say he has a clue as to what he's talking about. But right or wrong, he IS in a position to have a legit opinion. (He's also not as much of an egomaniac as he comes across as. He just likes people to think that. I actually suspect a connection between the length of his rants and how many beers he's had. I also suspect he has the blog mostly because his wonderful saint of a wife has simply stopped listening...)
love ya Bill!
love ya Bill!
Thursday, June 19, 2008 - 09:47 PM