Affiliations? I got the 2nd ed PHB and I cant find anything on it. Is it like the Allegiance system from Modern d20? I'm hoping they would use Allegiance in 4th ed, but I'm interested hearing more about this Affiliation system you are talking about.
The Greendale Campaign
I was there at the dawn of the Third-and-a-Halfth Age of Dungeons & Dragons. I saw action during the Crisis of Infinite Foundations, stood on the ramparts of the Citadel of Mirth, delved deep into the debauchery of the Forum of the Adult, and fought alongside the Infernal Bovine on the fields of the Eberron War. I weathered the Ponystorm. I witnessed as the orcs came for the wizos, and I wept mightily. I saw the realm crack as the Fourth Age came upon us, and I witnessed the eldritch tendrils of the dread Gleemax. Now I watch as the Meta Wars ravage the land as the Fifth Age is dawning. I have walked these Boarderlands for many a long year, and bear many scars in my soul. Yet I remain the White Sorcerer, ever in your service. TWS out.
Basically, it was adding mechanics to what we have been doing in D&D all along. Like someone said it was "fluff" before and now we have mechanics for it.
Building a mechanic to make it easier for DM's who want to use it is not a bad thing IMO. Its Optional afterall.