So I was at my local game store for a RPG session last night and I heard the most silly thing.
To set the stage, there were eight of us gathering around the main table to play. While everyone one was getting settled, I wondered over to a side table where one of our regulars was running two new kids through character creation with an old 3.5 book. There was a new face there as well, a guy reading through one of the store's Pathfinder books. I struck up a conversation with him about D&D and eventually, we turn to the play test. That is when the conspiracy theory dial got cranked to crazy.
According to him, he had not yet played the play test, but had heard stories about it from all over the internet. Apparently, "that woman who owns D&D" was doing her level best to destroy it forever and this new 5th Edition was more than proof of how far things had gotten. He and some friends were joining a consortium of sorts to buy the rights of D&D away from "that horrible lady" and Hasbro in order to save the game. There had been actual violent protests out there on the amorphous thing that is the Internet (not like our casual brand of nascent bickering here), and there would someday come a D&D reckoning.
Not quite struck speechless, I told him about my experiences with the play test and how it wasn't all doom and gloom (if you're a fan of 1st and 2nd Ed, then it's a decent game), but everything I said just seemed to fuel his fire. In the end it was just safer to smile, nod, and back slowly away to my gaming group. I even totally forgot to ask him who that "woman who owns D&D" was.
Now, I know that so far I'm not a big fan of this iteration of the game, but if I ever get to that level of crazy, you guys have my permission to track me down and.....well, first rescue me from whatever gaming cabal that has stolen me away, but then, after we're all safe, talk some sense into me. Okay?
Have any of you run into some beyond-the-pale crazy people over the course of this transition yet? Got any good stories?
@mikemearls The office is basically empty this week, which opens up all sorts of possibilities for low shenanigans
@mikemearls In essence, all those arguments I lost are being unlost. Won, if you will. We're doing it MY way, baby.
@biotech66 aren't you the boss anyway? isn't "DO IT OR I FIRE YOU!" still an option?
@mikemearls I think Perkins would throat punch me if I ever tried that. And I'd give him a glowing quarterly review for it.