Level Up & OSR Enthusiast
Level Up's stronghold system does a better job, IMO. So do the domain game designs of several creators of OSR games. Bastions only support the "personal power is all that matters" narrative WotC has been pushing.That is fine you are allowed to hate it but this kind of response is a conversation killer. How about some alternative proposal?
Even if the Bastion System is added, how does that effect your game. A) you do not play official D&D anymore and even if you do, simply not use the bastion system. It is bound to be an optional system and I would expect that the vast majority of tables would never use it.
I assumed no such thing, I just do not believe that any stronghold system requires "control of the base game". It is just some additional rules about the actions that strongholds can permit and the costs of creating and maintaining them. There are a number of "stronghold Rules " on DMSGuild and presumably also on DrivethruRPG but from what I have seen these are building and maintenance costs with very little in game effect.
I also reckon that there is little third-party support because not may third party designers use them or even think about them.
I would imagine that we got the bastion system UA because the designers have been looking at the old AD&D material in relation to the anniversary and some one thought that another look at Name level and Domain management might be of interest.