True that.* Still, Zebulon's + Knight Hawks = a really good system. Alpha Dawn alone doesn't cut it.
*I have mixed emotions; the resolution system change wasn't great, but it wasn't terrible; just unnecessary. And the added options were completely necessary.
It's interesting, because I never really got around to answering the original question posed.
I s'pose you could say that they are always jerks. I mean, they ARE CN.
But the actual material in 1e didn't make them that jerk-y; it was vague enough (and they were interesting enough) that when I...
I think it is a real alignment, and it can work with some common ways of playing D&D, such as the mercenary or graverobber models.
There are also fictional antecedents; such as Kerr Avon in Blake's 7.
...I think that the real issue is that there is a long and storied history, that most...
My biggest disappointment? That Zebulon's Guide to Frontier Space (A GREAT BOOK! Which goes to show that the TSR Cosmic Rift that destroyed D&D in 1985 DID NOT EXTEND TO STAR FRONTIERS!) was not written by David Cook.
At the time of the release, it wasn't "Setting Specific." Read the forwards and introductions; it was about filling out the non-western sections.
While there is a generic section about "Kara Tur" at the back (pp. 136 on), Kara Tur isn't placed in a camapaign setting until, what, three...
So, here's where I think we disagree.
In my view, the OA classes were perfectly fine; either played in a separate campaign, or used as an addition to a standard 1e campaign.
Much like a good 3PP (some of the classes in, say, the Compleat Adventurer) or a random regular Dragon "NPC" (Duellist...
I'd disagree with that; again, IMO context is everything.* The actual play between the various classes and races was fairly well balanced, and it was very much an "OD&D" style book.
*Again, not talking about the use of the term "oriental" or the appropriation of all cultures into a general...