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Maxperson

Morkus from Orkus
Although I don't have it and have just seen previews, I'll plug @Morrus and the Level Up Monster Book, it is in some ways a similar concept to Flee Mortals, and those previews looked excellent. I loved the design of the Green Dragon, and even thought the art of it was superb (like a dragon that actually sits in a pond of poison!)
Yeah. I love the monsters I've seen and used in the PDF. I'm just waiting for my hardcopy to arrive. I think @Morrus said some time in April, but I can't remember for certain.
 


He has been asked about Pathfinder 1/2 over and over. He has said he has no thoughts about it because he has never played them, and is not interested as he has enough hobbies in his life to fill his spare time.

When he was just making youtube videos in his spare time it didn't seem weird to me that he only really talked about 5e and some aspects of earlier editions. But as he has become head of a game company and now talks so much more about design, it's weird that he's not at least aware if not curious as to what is going on in the rest of the space. That's also true of the OSR; I think in a video he attributed the phrase "rulings not rules" to 4e of all things. Recently he seems to have been using his channel to spotlight other games by bringing other people in to talk about them, which is nice.
 

AdmundfortGeographer

Getting lost in fantasy maps
But as he has become head of a game company and now talks so much more about design, it's weird that he's not at least aware if not curious as to what is going on in the rest of the space.
Personal disinterest in Pathfinder is not the same as being incurious about what is going on in TTRPGs. He has expressed interest in others (desire to try Numenera has come up in recent Twitch chat streams), often times describing exact mechanics like the dice pool systems.

He has also mentioned that he has learned the lesson that if you describe your influences enough then people are constantly poring over stuff looking for what you’ve ripped off, and he’s not interested in fueling that in the community. His silence on rpg design influences should not be seen as unawareness, imo.
 

darjr

I crit!
When he was just making youtube videos in his spare time it didn't seem weird to me that he only really talked about 5e and some aspects of earlier editions. But as he has become head of a game company and now talks so much more about design, it's weird that he's not at least aware if not curious as to what is going on in the rest of the space. That's also true of the OSR; I think in a video he attributed the phrase "rulings not rules" to 4e of all things. Recently he seems to have been using his channel to spotlight other games by bringing other people in to talk about them, which is nice.
Yea, that rulings not rules attributed to 4e was a record scratch to me. But that thing he started having guest on to talk about other games? He mentioned it very early on as far as I can remember.

I think they played Paranoia, he talked about Morhership before I ever heard of it and I think helped lift it to where it is now, at least in awareness. I’m almost certain there are other instances, a lot of them on his twitch. Oh and he wrote the first Dune RPG.

I mean if you want to say he talked a lot about D&D on a D&D YouTube channel, well yea.
 

Yea, that rulings not rules attributed to 4e was a record scratch to me. But that thing he started having guest on to talk about other games? He mentioned it very early on as far as I can remember.

I think they played Paranoia, he talked about Morhership before I ever heard of it and I think helped lift it to where it is now, at least in awareness. I’m almost certain there are other instances, a lot of them on his twitch. Oh and he wrote the first Dune RPG.

I mean if you want to say he talked a lot about D&D on a D&D YouTube channel, well yea.
I haven't watched 100% of his streams, though I've watched most of running the game and enjoy those videos. It's just odd because if his fans are asking him again and again about pathfinder, you would think a person would take a look just out of curiosity? Not that he has to do a bunch of videos or provide content

He has also mentioned that he has learned the lesson that if you describe your influences enough then people are constantly poring over stuff looking for what you’ve ripped off, and he’s not interested in fueling that in the community. His silence on rpg design influences should not be seen as unawareness, imo.
So, in this case saying that he is unaware is the more charitable interpretation. If he aware, for example, that something like "rulings not rules" comes from Matt Finch and the osr before making its way into 5e, and just decides to not attribute that idea to him, that's kind of shady. I don't think that citing your influences means that you are ripping anyone off. There's so much crossover and cross-polination in ttrpgs that that's kind of the norm. Imagine if someone made a pbta game but just didn't mention that they were using Apocalypse World as a base--that would be ripping someone off.
 


darjr

I crit!
I think I’m learning better why Matt reacts with increasing upset over his being asked about PF. There is no possible answer to satisfy and not lead to nit picking psychoanalysis of motives, intentions, and truth telling.
When he started getting flooded with people talking about foundry was not a fun time. Many got down right rude and very pushy. The lifetime twitch ban hammer fell on many a folk then.

I think the foundry folks had to reach out to him personally.

At least with the PF talk it’s been mostly good natured folks honestly asking, mostly.

I dint recall many questioning his very lively hood anyway.

He’s good at what he does, the live streaming to hundreds of folks.
 

darjr

I crit!

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overgeeked

B/X Known World
When he was just making youtube videos in his spare time it didn't seem weird to me that he only really talked about 5e and some aspects of earlier editions. But as he has become head of a game company and now talks so much more about design, it's weird that he's not at least aware if not curious as to what is going on in the rest of the space. That's also true of the OSR; I think in a video he attributed the phrase "rulings not rules" to 4e of all things. Recently he seems to have been using his channel to spotlight other games by bringing other people in to talk about them, which is nice.
But his company only produces content for 5E. Why would he need to talk about Pathfinder, the OSR, Fate, Numenara, Call of Cthulhu...or any other game?
 

But his company only produces content for 5E. Why would he need to talk about Pathfinder, the OSR, Fate, Numenara, Call of Cthulhu...or any other game?
The "ruling not rules" thing is just a matter of doing your homework and citing your sources. In terms of talking about pathfinder or other games, he can do whatever he wants, but I guess I just assumed that game designers were as curious as players about various systems and what's generally going on in the industry.
 

overgeeked

B/X Known World
The "ruling not rules" thing is just a matter of doing your homework and citing your sources.
Sure, because that’s a thing non-academics worry about.
In terms of talking about pathfinder or other games, he can do whatever he wants, but I guess I just assumed that game designers were as curious as players about various systems and what's generally going on in the industry.
First, exactly so. Now consider that a huge amount of D&D fans don’t care about anything that’s not 100% officially WotC 5E. A subset of fans actually engage with non-WotC content. And the vast majority of 5E fans simply don’t care about or are literally unaware that non-D&D RPGs even exist. So “as curious as players” means heaps and heaps of designers simply won’t care about or likely won’t be aware of non-D&D stuff.

Second, you have to take the person into account. Matt Colville was a tabletop game designer for other games and systems for years, switched to writing and designing video games for years, but kept playing D&D. He started a “how to run D&D” YouTube channel because he has a lot of relevant experience as a DM, as an RPG designer, as a novel writer, as a player of a wide range of games, and as a video game writer/designer. His channel blew up and he started MCDM to bring his knowledge and skills to 5E designs. His company and brand is 5E focused. Whether he’s curious about other stuff or not doesn’t enter into it. He’s doing his thing and is successful with it. If it’s working, why change it?
 

So, to be clear, I have this observation about Colville's videos because I've watched a lot of them, and I've watched a lot of them because I find them interesting and entertaining overall. His work and success has been a positive contribution to the hobby. =
First, exactly so. Now consider that a huge amount of D&D fans don’t care about anything that’s not 100% officially WotC 5E. A subset of fans actually engage with non-WotC content. And the vast majority of 5E fans simply don’t care about or are literally unaware that non-D&D RPGs even exist.

This is a good point, and maybe what I'm really reacting to in some of his videos, i.e. that his content is geared towards an audience that firmly within the 5e sphere of gaming, with MC providing the perspective of what value earlier editions/adventures might have for 5e players, whether that's 4e-style design or classic 1e and 2e adventures (hommlet, night below, etc). But his audience might generally not be interested in hearing about non-dnd games, with just a few exceptions.
 

Retreater

Legend
I guess I'm getting burned out on Kickstarters - and perhaps gaming in general - but this is his first KS that I'm not backing. I'm not playing much 5e these days anyway.
 


Mannahnin

Scion of Murgen (He/Him)
I guess I'm getting burned out on Kickstarters - and perhaps gaming in general - but this is his first KS that I'm not backing. I'm not playing much 5e these days anyway.
Yeah, valid. For my part, I wasn't particularly interested in the first two, but I'm strongly considering this one. It's more likely to be of use to me.
 

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