Level Up & OSR Enthusiast
Fair enough. Then we're back to "I'm glad that works for you, but it doesn't work for me". In short, those things don't interfere with play for you, but they would and do for me.Right, but I don't think those interfere with play. I don't think they stop me from doing what I do, they're mostly telling me how to be most effective at it. I think part of trad's cross to bear is a lot of that sort of knowledge is like "Secrets of Being a Good GM" and you can dig around in the 5e DMG and a bunch of things are there, but most people never read the book. And then they're just cast as advice, where narrative play focused games generally are like "you MUST do this!" AW 2e actually cusses at you, like "Do this *****er!" Clearly designers are seeing a need there.
And, if someone tells me they do their idiosyncratic narrative approach that breaks all the "thou shalts" and it WORKS, more power to them! I'm not going to sit there and say they did it wrong. Not any more than I would tell my BF Mike that he's a complete railroading puppet master, because nobody cares, his games are fun as hell! But if I did what he does, I'd be playing solo in a month.
All that stuff you referenced where, "you MUST do this!", and whatnot, drives me up the naughty word wall.