Rules Can’t Replace Imagination: An RPG Rant I Can Agree With

Kevin over at Kore RPG has a problem with the way some modern RPGs are designed that is very similar to one of my major pet peeves with them. He has a great rant that says what I feel much better than I could: Just one more formulaic CRPG-ification bullet into the imagination at the heart of RPGs. Go read it!

Randall Stukey

Randall is the author and publisher of a number of old school games (Microlite74, Microlite81, BX Advanced, etc) through RetroRoleplaying.com. Randall's main job, however, is being caregiver for his MS-afflicted cancer survivor wife. You can support Randall with a donation to the RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund.

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I totally agree with everything he said. I don't like how everything is nailed down quite so firmly with 4th edition, and how's it's a game about wizards and warriors with no magic, mystery, or fantasy in it whatsoever.

I can't remember the source of the quote, but a highly intelligent man once remarked that the guys who designed 3e were good at making rules, but had a poor understanding of fantasy. If only he could see the 4th edition guys, imagine what he'd say!

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Thanks Randall and N.Wright. I'm glad to hear my rant resonated with a number of individuals in the rpg-verse.

To be honest I nearly hit the delete button and not the publish button. Glad I didn't.

Hopefully it'll foster some analysis and discussion on where our games should go.

Randall
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@Kevin: I'm very glad you did not hit the delete button. Your rant was once of the best reads I've had this week.

Kevin
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@Randall: Then I'm glad I could oblige. Apparently my muse, though verbose and cantankerous, was also chock full of insightful observations for more than just the author.