Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Just Play the Damn Game

I had this long-ish rant about the latest tempest in a tea pot internet battle about various parts of the new D&D5 game.

I decided to delete the whole thing instead. Why? Internet "battles" are stupid. Sure I have done my fair share. Hell there have been times I have been on the front line screaming for (virtual) blood.

But man, they get old fast.

The biggest reason of all. 90% of the people who buy this game don't care about this, don't know the people involved, and it has 0% chance of changing their buying decisions.

For once I am going to listen to the advice that had been tossed back a me for so long. I am ignoring it.

So give me my dice and let me pretend to be an elf in peace.  Oh. And get off my lawn.

12 comments:

Lord Gwydion said...

Good on you. Like you, I've had varied interactions with the "personalities" involved, but couldn't care less about the dust up.

I'd rather just game.

Alec Semicognito said...

In the past year I quit a message board I'd posted on for years, and this month I blocked Disqus comments on all my browsers so I can't see the comments on a blog about my neighborhood here in SF. I did this because there is no reward at all for Internet arguments (win, lose, or exhaust yourself pointlessly), and because if you walk away from Internet comments then "those people" (whoever they are for you) really do disappear entirely from your life. Life's too short to bother.

In the case of RPGs, as long as you have players who fit you it doesn't matter what anyone else does, so fuck it.

Wolvercote said...

Everyone seems to think that anyone cares about their opinion. No one cares what anyone thinks. It's all mental masturbation. Play what you like and shut up! Thanks for sparing us yet another whiny rant.

Stelios V. Perdios said...
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Traveling Spellbook said...

You said it all in the title, "Just play the damn game."

Stelios V. Perdios said...

But... but... the FUTURE of D&D and the entire hobby is at stake! You need make your arguments before the gaming-wrecking hordes destroy everything with their lies and just plain "wrongness."

;D

Scott Anderson said...

Except for my opinion. People want to hear my opinion. /s

Tedankhamen said...

Some people thrive on the attention drama brings. It is why I left rpg.net and why I wrote my one and only 5e post last night. Working on one about figurines found in Japan to cleanse the palette.

Move along, nothing to see here...

tpeck said...

I don't post often, but I also got sucked into the 5E kerfuffle briefly on a forum.
I agree with you. I just want to play the game now.

Mark Craddock said...

Now that I fully understand the context of this post, I even more thoroughly agree with you. Being a game store, your average D&D player just wants to play and doesn't even read the credits of the game.

We've now reached a point where Edition Warring isn't enough? Now we have to attack the consultants, while praising the corporation's stance on inclusiveness?

I'll take the Edition Warring, any day. And I thought I'd never say that.

I play D&D to escape all of the fear, resentment, discontent and drama of my real life. I write about it to channel positive energy from something I love, not to deal with this stuff.

knobgobbler said...

I've bowed out of any further discussions about 5e. I had some early interest but the rabid fans (before any actual game existed) were turning me off. So for now I will just play a game... though probably not that one... yet.

Nathan Irving said...

There's an argument on the internet?

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