Sunday, November 28, 2010

Sure, you wrote one of the greatest game books of all time, but what ELSE have you done?

Shorter MerricB: Sure, you guys designed Gamma World, Deities and Demigods, Red Box, BECMI, Temple of Elemental Evil and edited Dragon Magazine for its first three years, but what ELSE have you done to lay claim to being significant game designers.

There is no way to express how hard that post makes me roll my eyes.

But I tried anyway.


Anonymous said...

It's a matter of opinion how good those particular products actually are, however. Even a lot of grognards say Temple of Elemental Evil was not what they'd hoped for, Deities and Demigods is often dismissed as a book of stats for things that shouldn't have them, and Gamma World is something everyone claims to love, but somehow nobody really seems to play.

I'm interested to see what these guys bring forth, and think they did contribute to the hobby's early days, but I can also kind of see how they were not as prominent as some designers.

Vigilance said...

Maybe its just me. I don't think so, but it's possible.

I think if these books weren't great (not good- great) no one would give a shit about them.

Has any large RPG company been chomping at the bit to update Chivalry and Sorcery?

No? Interesting. And yet, we have a new edition of Gamma World from the largest RPG company in the world 32 years after the game's first edition.

Any video game companies interested in Rary the Traitor? Paladin in Hell?

No? But yet there was a Temple of Elemental Evil computer game more than 20 years after its original release.

This is not the fate of games that suck.

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