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Thursday, 26th April, 2012, 07:19 AM #161
If 5E really were to be released this September, that is exactly the sort of decision that I would expect a principled game designer to resign over -- but I would be shocked if they did that, since it would mean that the public play tests are coming too late to have any effect on the final product. I am actually hoping that whatever issue Monte Cook left over is small enough that it does not become immediately apparent to us outsiders -- that is what would be a disaster for WotC.
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Thursday, 26th April, 2012, 07:26 AM #162
Waghalter (Lvl 7)
Reddit and it doesn't hurt anything. Although a forum with threaded comments and upvotes doesn't have to worry about negativity derailing a whole thread.
Thursday, 26th April, 2012, 08:03 AM #163
Enchanter (Lvl 12)
For me, the questions become: Which of the two remaining designers will lead the design team? Or will they simply be co-designers?
And will someone else be brought in (hired on) to join the design team? Dividing the work of three designers amongst two does not seem like it would be a good idea.
Thursday, 26th April, 2012, 08:23 AM #164
Gallant (Lvl 3)
The question is, will D&D, apart from nostalgia editions and remakes, still be at all relevant to the hobby next year around this time?
I can't quite think so.
This Mr Mearls, I read his column over at WotC, and he seems to have a completely different view on the hobby than...
Well, just about any gamer I know.
Not that the D&D brand dying would be too much of an issue, at this point.
There's enough stuff out there even to satisfy the most ardent collectors, and between the OSR, Pathfinder, ebay, and other games in the same spirit, there's stuff to game for centuries.
But 5e, uuuh, wasn't this supposed to be the "charm offensive" towards the alienated fanbase?
Worked REALLY WELL so far.
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Thursday, 26th April, 2012, 08:26 AM #165
Cutpurse (Lvl 5)
I was saddened by the news of Monte's departure. I have enjoyed his work over the years and many books on my shelf feature his name on the cover. Any time a project loses someone who is so talented, it is a significant loss. I am confident that Monte will go on to many future successes and I wish him the best.
That said, Rob Schwalb and Bruce Cordell are also talented individuals who I believe are more than capable of producing a quality game. After getting to play a game with Rob as a DM, I feel confident that the game is in good hands, even if he did kill my character.
I have played every edition of D&D and I feel that each one has brought something new and exciting to the table. I am looking forward to what D&D next has in store. In the last week I have run D&D 4e Encounters, AD&D 1e Hidden Shrine of Tamaochan, played in a BECMI game and I am running 2e Dragon Mountain on Saturday. I am kind of like the Captain Planet of D&D editions (YOUR EDITIONS COMBINED...)
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Thursday, 26th April, 2012, 08:30 AM #166
Grandmaster of Flowers (Lvl 18)
As for Mr. Cook's departure and the bit about differences with WotC, I wonder if Hasbro set some profit/sales goals that are unachievable unless 5e is released in a manner Mr. Cook doesn't agree with - possibly like the core of 4e - a bit at a time in order to keep the cashflow going.
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Thursday, 26th April, 2012, 08:36 AM #167
Minor Trickster (Lvl 4)
I am not surprised so much as Mike Mearls says.
When he returned I thought that he would create problems on opinion divergence level.
He acts too much like a rock star. He better works alone.
Thursday, 26th April, 2012, 08:41 AM #168
Scout (Lvl 6)
I also honestly wouldn't know why the poster in question felt strongly enough to say "good riddance," if he really felt all that strongly at all. I find turning on him when he has given no other indication of his feelings beyond not liking Monte working on the project a lot (maybe), and spitting openly in his face and calling him a tool, on the grounds that he made an uncalled for personal attack, to be terribly myopic.
Thursday, 26th April, 2012, 08:46 AM #169
Enchanter (Lvl 12)
Thursday, 26th April, 2012, 09:08 AM #170
Superhero (Lvl 15)
It's largely kept in check here, but over on RPG.net to an extent and certainly on /tg/ there's been a seriously callous and disgusting display today over Monte leaving, pretty much the 4venger crowd seeing it as some sort of vindication of 4e design elements in 5e moving forward.
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