I have had a couple responses to your earlier posts that I've nearly posted but which I then asked myself, do you really want to respond to someone that is clearly this combative and clearly looking for a fight, and I erased them.It's hard to respond to a giant wall of text, but I wanted to point out this part. As a fan of 1e, and as my preferred edition I played from 1981 to as recently as 2012, I am pretty familiar with the actual rulebooks. I suggest you open them back up. I'm guessing you started playing before me, but it appears you haven't actually looked at the 1e rulebooks in a long while.\
A question for you, do you not realize that this thread is about what we think and feel is unique about the earlier systems and how it speaks to us as individuals?
That means you saying "BUT YOU'RE WRONG" is you saying "NO THATS NOT WHAT YOU THINK! I KNOW WHAT YOU REALLY THINK BETTER THAN YOU DO. YOU THINK THIS INSTEAD"
Do you not see the sheer out and outright disrespect of this sort of attitude?
Me, I have disrespect for a game system, but I don't have disrespect for people. I am not accusing you of being wrong, or trying to invalidate your opinions, while you are clearly not showing me the same respect. Adjust your attitude please.
If you do not see this, message me directly and we can discuss this man to man, I'll be happy to pick up the phone or skype or whatever and we can work out whatever has your dander up. Fair?
Now, to the point.
P9 1e DMG
Col 1 Paragraph 5.
The final word, then, is the game. Read how and why the system is as if is, follow the parameters, and then cut portions as needed to maintain excitement.
Gary and others went more into this later in other works and in later (2e) dmg, saying clearly that the rules as presented in the DMG were guidelines and that ultimately it was the DM's job to choose what he wanted for his game.
And what you quote as being optional aren't.
Except they are. As pointed out above
Again points up.Well, they weren't called out as such.
See the start of my response. Message me at your convenience.I'm sorry, but your arguments hold no water and are factually inaccurate.