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Thursday, 26th April, 2012, 04:09 AM #141
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Thursday, 26th April, 2012, 04:26 AM #142
Myrmidon (Lvl 10)
Addressing your specific post, however, I somehow doubt that you would have no reaction to someone saying "good riddance" upon hearing that you were leaving a job or if you threatened to never post at ENWorld or some other forum again. Even if you had a skin of iron, would it make the person who made the comment appear any classier?
Monte didn't slam 5e. In fact, he went out of his way to say they'll make a good game and had no ill will towards his fellow designers. THAT warrants a "simple" "good riddance"?
Lord, please spare me the "civility" of the Internet. At times, the "horror" of its hypocrisy is staggering.
Thursday, 26th April, 2012, 04:37 AM #143
Myrmidon (Lvl 10)
He goes out of his way to name both Rob Schwalb and Bruce Cordell and say how much fun he had working with them. However, there is no mention of Mike, despite the fact that he worked with him extensively in the past, and would have worked with him closely for 5E.Originally Posted by Monte Cook
I doubt the reasons behind it all will come out though. I can't see Monte spilling the beans (it would be a very dumb move on his behalf) and WotC or Mike Mearls won't talk about it either.
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Thursday, 26th April, 2012, 04:42 AM #144
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Thursday, 26th April, 2012, 04:49 AM #145
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Thursday, 26th April, 2012, 04:57 AM #146
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Thursday, 26th April, 2012, 05:02 AM #147
Enchanter (Lvl 12)
Monte Cook's Legends & Lore article on making magical items magical again was one of the things that really piqued my interest in D&D Next.
Dungeons & Dragons Roleplaying Game Official Home Page - Article (Magic and Mystery)
"Working harder really will get the PCs ahead. Those that succeed at greater challenges will be more powerful than those that don't. That seems to be a bit of the heart and soul of D&D that has somehow become lost."
Loved this. Sad to see him leave the team
Thursday, 26th April, 2012, 05:05 AM #148
Novice (Lvl 1)
My WAG is that management is rolling forward with the same flawed practices that have been driving the IP into the ground and Monte just couldn't be part of it. So it's probably him feeling like they don't have a real growth strategy or that they're already talking about 5.5 edition or something.
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Thursday, 26th April, 2012, 05:08 AM #149
The Grand Druid (Lvl 20)
Yup. My OGL speculation has nothing to do with blame, just differing directions, one of which I support and one of which I find troublesome. Trying to make it into a blame game just allows folks to vilify one side or the other rather than to objectively look at how this can either help or harm the project. I'll leave the blame game (both sides including those who want to point toward it and stir the pot) for those who do not have something constructive to contribute even if it is but potential outcomes and speculative.
Monte is a good guy and WotC isn't evil. There's no blame game discussion as far as I am concerned.
Thursday, 26th April, 2012, 05:08 AM #150
Time Agent (Lvl 24)
Two big points.Originally Posted by Nyronus
#1: Monte's statement said he left due to differences with the company. If you believe him leaving is a bad thing, then the blame lays with the company (or with Monte himself).
#2: Personally, I just think it's a pretty jerk move to be happy when someone else has problems, period. Being happy that Monte is leaving seems like someone is valuing their own personal grudge about something as silly as the design of a game about pretending to be magical elves, and considering that to be more important than another human being's happiness. "My vision for D&D > Monte Cook's Job."
That seems like some seriously distorted priorities to me.
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