Well, if Celebrim takes offense, I trust he'll say so. I read his passage, and I hope that you did. I'm nudging you to consider his point about means and ends, methods and goals.Am I the only one who finds this insulting?
I'm not asserting failure. I'm asserting that I would walk away from the table. If the DM didn't *announce* the process, I would still leave. There is some better way I can spend my evening, than a D&D session featuring five no-investigation no-negotiation no-wider-consequences no-story-arc zombie fights.The failure in this example isn't the methodology the GM used, it's being obvious about the process and the presentation.
You and I have a fundamentally divergent understanding of fairness, in TRPG and elsewhere. If you saw me picking grains of wheat in a field, directly from the stalk to my mouth, on the Sabbath, would you consider my action unfair, because I violated Rules As Written?The players have a right to know that you're going to play fair.
If you walk into a library and ask the librarian for "advanced" books, you can define the term however you like. Few librarians will argue; they will mostly leave you alone, so that they can help library visitors who express their requests in more concrete terms.I'll say it again, for everyone who doesn't seem to be paying attention: the term "advanced" has been clearly defined. I appreciate that others may disagree with the term as I'm using it (even though I didn't make it up out of thin air), but so far, no one has offered a better definition.