My good blogging buddy Anarkieth posted a comment here yesterday in reaction to my post on the constant infighting of the role-playing community:
Mike, I find myself wondering if Fortune Cards and Powers aren’t a taste of 5e as a card-based game entirely. I mean, what if your character was a constructed MtG-type deck? I played a lot of constructed-deck MtG, and except for the collectible/rarity BS, I rather enjoyed it. I felt pretty close to some of those decks. Trusted ‘em. Tweaked ‘em until they were smooth as butter, and had delicious mana curves… OK, maybe I played a little too much. Point being, I find myself wondering if that’s an idea that might be in development. I’d be very curious to try it out.
Anarkieth’s comment got me thinking about a big WHAT IF…
Yesterday the DnD community got a huge bout of news about changes in the WotC business model and services provided. This further makes me wonder where is the Dungeons and Dragons line headed.
Aside: I do have a question. I am not a member of the DDI. I know that some people have stated that Dungeon and Dragon magazine really made the DDI worth the subscription fee, now that it is gone is the fee really viable for just the character builder and the possibility of, as R.M. Walker hypothesizes, annuals Dungeon and Dragon? I am not slamming DDI in any way, I am just curious.
Anyways, on to the What If- What if Dungeons and Dragons moved to a more board game/Collectable Card Game manner? Look at Warhammer 3rd Edtion for example- it is still a role-playing game where players don personalities of their character and go through the adventure(s) the GM creates, however it uses board game and card game mechanics in some areas for play (from what I understand never having played the game myself).
How would the role-playing community react if this type of change would come to pass? Do you think that the schism between gamers would become greater? The Edition Wars have already caused a huge rift as it is in the RPG community. Would DnD becoming more of a TCG model cause a further rift. How are 4e players going to react to this? Will their denouncements of the new system be as visceral as those of the 3.x crowd against 4e?
How do you feel about this? What do you think will happen? No trolling please.