[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

Re: (TFT) D&D Heroscape

On Aug 17, 2009, at 9:05 AM, slid81554@mypacks.net wrote:

Remember, D&D is a gateway game, much  like a Daisy BB gun.
It's popular and it gives you a taste of a whole hobby you might never have been exposed to before.

The weird thing is how D&D can be a gateway game when its rules are so damn complicated! I hadn't played D&D since high school, when it was AD&D plus house rules, but I just skimmed the 4e "quick start" rules and was appalled. It's really rules-heavy, in part because everything has to be spelled out in detail like all the actions your character can possibly do, and the combat feels very slow and clunky with all those turn phases. Not to mention the sheer intimidating size and cost of the many books.

My idea of a gateway game would be something like Savage Worlds, where the rule book is small and cheap and all but says "don't panic!" in large friendly letters, and where you can do hack-n-slash really easily. (Or, of course, TFT, if only it were in print...)

I can only assume that D&D benefits from its iconic status as the original RPG, the one everyone's heard of, plus the marketing muscle of Hasbro behind it.

Post to the entire list by writing to tft@brainiac.com.
Unsubscribe by mailing to majordomo@brainiac.com with the message body
"unsubscribe tft"