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Wednesday, 25th April, 2012, 11:09 PM #71
The Grand Druid (Lvl 20)
Whatever it is, for Monte it must be a big deal. And given 5e's already precarious situation, shedding a much ballyhooed designer is not good news.
Wednesday, 25th April, 2012, 11:17 PM #72
Gallant (Lvl 3)
Just that, before I can really comment on the situation beyond asking questions or picking at things that I want further explained, I would want more information.
For example, for the two weeks notice thing? Generally even contractors I have hired give that courtesy; but the situation could be such that this wasn't a "declaring notice" thing. It could be that the allocated hours completed, and Monte didn't want to re-up, or it could be that WotC was way behind on payments, or it could even be that they were collapsing roles and Monte chose to step away from what he felt was a negative situation so that somebody else could keep their job.
Both of those would match what Monte describes, but they imply different things about what is going on behind the scenes.
So, yes, if I were being pushed to comment or to decide how I felt about the situation, I would need another source or more information.
Wednesday, 25th April, 2012, 11:28 PM #73
Scout (Lvl 6)
I wouldn't push the panic button just yet. It could have nothing to do with differences of opinion on the new edition. Maybe Monte is constrained after being his own boss. Maybe he had to move his parking spot. Perhaps casual Friday at Wizards of the Coast is more than most can imagine. I don't think this will delay the open playtest and the several playtests already have provided feedback. I like what I know about the next edition and think it is an excellent platform to build and tweak. I wish Monte the best but it isn't the end times just yet.
Wednesday, 25th April, 2012, 11:28 PM #74
Guide (Lvl 11)
Well, I did not see that coming.
Right now, the only conclusion I feel safe drawing is that the "market" regarding the direction of 5e will enter a period of increased volatility. Such periods are marked by increased opportunity and increased risk for all involved.
I was glad to see Monte's return to WotC, because he is clearly a very skilled designer and also because many elements I enjoyed in 3/3.5 clearly aligned with his sensibilities. I was underwhelmed by his articles, they seemed to me to lack frankness, and I say that even knowing that each one would inevitably have to end with "we haven't decided yet" because that was both true and for marketing reasons. Nevertheless, he could be counted upon for interesting mechanics, which is for me one of the great joys of any RPG. Overall, my enthusiasm is somewhat tempered by his departure, but I see no reason to fly off the handle with joy or sorrow.
I wish Monte the best of fortune in his future endeavors.
Wednesday, 25th April, 2012, 11:31 PM #75
Defender (Lvl 8)
Regardless of how I feel about the man as a designer, I have to wonder why so many people seem to be taking this as some kind of reason / opportunity to impugn the guy's character. For some reason.
It's just a game people.
Wednesday, 25th April, 2012, 11:35 PM #76
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Yeah, I mean.. this could be anything. Hell, it could even be a boat, you know how much we have wanted one of those....
In all seriousness I have no idea what this means. I hope they announce something further, because speculation can take over like wildfire, if they let it spread it will take on a form of it's own and the reasons behind his leaving will be overshadowed by misinformation and other things that would not be good.
Wednesday, 25th April, 2012, 11:36 PM #77
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Wednesday, 25th April, 2012, 11:39 PM #78
The Grand Druid (Lvl 20)
I'm not sure about a lot of things involving this, but I am sure about one thing:
WotC needs to get out in front on this and explain things as much as they can, or this may end up being a serious blow to perceptions of 5e. They can't just ignore the PR ramifications of this.
Wednesday, 25th April, 2012, 11:40 PM #79
Orcus on an Off-Day (Lvl 22)
And if the reason is "Monte thinks Hasbro is forcing awful design decisions in an attempt to squeeze a little extra money out of the fans"--then quite frankly, they're better off keeping their mouths shut.
Last edited by Dausuul; Wednesday, 25th April, 2012 at 11:57 PM.
Wednesday, 25th April, 2012, 11:41 PM #80
Enchanter (Lvl 12)
And in the end it is none of our business. I find it mildly disturbing how the wildest accusations are created and not everybody even notices.
Yes, my hopes for 5e are a lot lower now, but I don't see the need to speculate over something that's between Monte and Wizards. Why not just accept that it didn't work out without making up stories?
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