Wizards of the Coast has recently announced the launch of a new accessory to DnD 4e called Fortune Cards. This new product has caused quite an uproar in the role-playing community.
I’ve seen many blogs talking excitedly about this new product and what it offers as well as blogs ranting how this is tantamount to the raping and desecration of their beloved pastime hobby. I’ve read many of these two types of posts as well as the comments, and the trolling and bickering that has ensued is staggering. The sheer nastiness of some of the comments is unbelievable. It seems like the fires of the Edition Wars have been stoked once again.
I have no delusions that my thoughts are going to change people’s minds or endeavor them to learn better ways of communication, but I also feel it is important to share my opinion as well.
How do I feel about the Fortune Cards? I honestly don’t like the idea. I think it is a money making gimmick that does nothing to enhance the role-playing. I also am not a fan of 4e at all. I was angry after I tried 4e and saw how much it moved away from my beloved 3.5.
However.. There was no gun to my head making me play this game. There still is no gun to my head now to make me play it or buy these cards. If people want to buy them, there are more than welcome too. That is their choice and I support them.
Do I have to agree with the game that they play? No. Should I respect their choice, absolutely. I’m not talking about supporting someone committing a violent crime, drug use, etc. I’m talking about supporting someone playing a game. Why? Because we are gamers.
Too Few, Too Few
Gaming has definitely come to a more accepted light in recent years, especially with the Lord of the Rings movies bringing fantasy to the mainstream. I’m sure more than a few people who previously never had gamed or had an inkling to, picked up pen and paper and dice and gave it a try.
We still need to accept that we are a minority though. We are still not considered chic or artistic in the eyes of the masses by any means. We are nerds, and most of us are damned proud of it. With being a minority I feel that there are too few of us to fight over which game is the right one and who has the right to play what.
I am not saying there shouldn’t be disagreements or debates. That spawns new ideas, philosophies, and developments. However this angry trolling and derisive talking does nothing except demean you and the person you are “attacking.”
By all means, disagree, and offer your view point, but accept the other persons choices as well. Even if you cannot come to a compromise, there is much to be gained from diversity and other perceptions. Honestly think of all the gaming ideas that have come from disagreement and discussion rather than outright hatred and anger.
If you don’t like 4e or any system for that matter, then don’t play it. There is a plethora of games out there! Here are a couple publishers etc (And this is by no means a comprehensive list):
There is no wrong way to run or play any game so long as people are having fun. If you don’t like the system, communicate with everyone at the table or forum or whatever with an open respectful dialogue. Try to come to a compromise and don’t be afraid to try something new.
I don’t think my opinion here is the only one or the RIGHT one. It’s just that.. an opinion. Some may agree with me. Others may already be getting out the pitch forks and torches. I just feel our collective gaming energies could be spent on better things than yelling at people for doing something that makes them happy and having fun.
I now open the floor to you.