I’ve been getting a little bit of a surge in traffic to How Paizo Fixed D&D today. It attracted a little bit of attention when it was new, and it is getting more attention now. Jonathan had this to say about How Paizo Fixed D&D at The Core Mechanic, in Of Pathfinder and Paizo:
It reads like a drama, and if you haven’t read it already then please check it out right now. Its awesome…
Jonathan — the same “jonathan” that posted a thoughtful (if brief) comment to How Paizo Fixed D&D — is a 4E player, but didn’t let that stand in the way of recommending my piece about Paizo to his readers, and I’m grateful. That, in fact, seems to be source of the lion’s share of traffic to How Paizo Fixed D&D today.
Another 4E player, Donny the DM, wrote a lengthy diatribe about all the problems he sees with Pathfinder RPG, his dislike for the PRPG community, and his general disdain for all things PRPGish and 3.5ish in The Fine Art of the TPK. He called it Grapeshot! Grapeshot for everyone! Or, a Pathfinder RPG Beta review of sorts. Like Jonathan, he too posted comments to How Paizo Fixed D&D and, again like Jonathan, what he had to say was thoughtful (though slightly less brief).
Both of these guys provide exactly the sort of commentary from people who disagree with me that I like — calm, respectful, and unwilling to just pretend they agree with me for the sake of false harmony.
As I pointed out in my response to Donny’s comments, the fact he (like Jonathan) hosts his Weblog at blogger.com pretty effectively dissuades me from commenting there. I loathe the commenting interface, among other problems I have with blogger.com — so hopefully they’ll take note of my response to what they had to say here. I also told Donny in my comment post that I think he’s somewhere out in left field in his (diatribe?) post at The Art of the TPK with some of his opinions about PRPG, but he managed to present his exaggerated statements of opinion in a manner I found funny. It’s worth reading for entertainment value, if you know anything about RPGs, if nothing else.
He opened (by the time I saw it) with:
Update: http://sob.apotheon.org/?p=438 One of my fellow bloggers and sometime commenters has also spoken. While his opinion differs, I request that my three readers refrain from throwing old cabbages at him, or me for that matter.
I’m with him: no rotten cabbage missiles aimed at either of us, please.
I intend to write a more direct response to what Donny the DM said soon. In fact, I meant this to be that more direct response, but I kinda got off-track and ended up with the rambling nonsense you see before you, and decided it would be better to segregate the response from this . . . stuff.