This series of articles about D&D as a (bad) storytelling game is quite interesting so far:
I think the author is unfair to D&D because it was never designed as that kind of story-driven game, but there are many good points about story games and design.
Part Two, about characters, is pretty good and I think verbalises part of why I dislike D&D. And the Harry Plinkett test is pretty amazing (see the linked video)!
Looking forward to reading the rest as it's published.
Yes d&d wasn't designed for this kind of game but using it to play a coherent and satisfying story became soon common. And from this derivede many problems.
@hardcorenarrativist I do have some problems with his picking whatever edition of D&D suits his particular points, f.e. the especially stats-heavy 3rd Ed. in his piece on characters. The "rule zero is bs!" part is completely misguided, since D&D talks to a broad audience of potentially new players, which niche games like Burning Wheel absolutely do not have to. So: An interesting read and there are some good points, but essentially as a critique of D&D: Mostly tootless.
@Gorgmorg Aha! I don't know the different D&D editions so I cannot comment on the specifics, but don't all D&D editions share that "feel" for characters? All of them have classes and levels, don't they?
And I also disagree with the "rule zero is bs!" part, at least to an extent, but I think it's good to think about what a game provides and what it doesn't provide.
@hardcorenarrativist well, the fifth edition made some steps into a more narrative direction and put put way less emphasis on the alignments. 4th and 3rd were way more detailed and skill-heavy.
The disparaging tone towards "wrong" RPGs turned me off...
@eladhen I know what you mean. I had the same feeling, it's kind of "prescriptive".
But I think it has interesting design ideas, at least from the point of view of narrativist gameplay.
I may give it a second chance later.
@eladhen Feel free to skip the Rule Zero thing, but I think Part Two, about characters, was quite interesting. If nothing else, read around the mention to the Harry Plinkett test (and watch the linked video, it's reasonably short!).
Thanks. I'll check it out.
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