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.

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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.

@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!).

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