This is part of my RPG series of entries here at SOB. See the inaugural entry in the series for more details.
I regularly see comments like these in defense of 4E’s decision to rip all the variation out of character classes:
The system prevents too much munchkining (which I love) and the people I’ve found who’ve hated it have generally (though not always) been Munchkins.
I see this crap all the time, and it’s getting really old. It seems to be predicated upon the assumption that anyone who doesn’t like the way 4E “balanced” the rules must be some kind of power gamer whose only interest in class variation is min/maxing. News flash: that’s bullshit.
How about in the future, when one of you provincial anti-3.5 jackasses (not all 4E players, mind you, just the jackasses) is tempted to insinuate that anyone that prefers 3.5 over 4E is just a “munchkin”, you shut the hell up? If you can’t come up with an actual counterargument to what someone else offered as a reason he or she dislikes 4E, you should just admit it or keep your mouth shut. Making personal attacks against people as a distraction from the subject of discussion doesn’t prove anything other than that you’re a jackass and you are unable or unwilling to have a reasonable discussion.
Notice how I very cleverly used a parenthetical equivocation to provide some mitigation of the harsh, insulting nature of my statement about “provincial anti-3.5 jackasses”? Yeah. Notice how the quote from a provincial anti-3.5 jackass above does the same thing? Think about how you felt, if you’re a provincial anti-3.5 jackass, when you read my parenthetical remark. Did that make you feel better? Did that eliminate any potential distaste you had for what I said? Do you think I’m convinced you are any less intentionally insulting just because of your own parenthetical remark? Yeah, parenthetical, insincere “Well, not all of you!” comments aren’t really much of an excuse. If you’re going to be a jackass, just own up to it.
Thanks for your time.