Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Fifth Edition

I made a decision a very long time ago not to support people who are toxic or bad for the hobby. It's sometimes tricky, navigating those waters - and I'm not perfect.

I try not to be negative, here. I tend to write about games I like and things that get me excited, so this post is a bit out of character for me. And I apologize for that.

With that said, I will not be buying the new edition of D&D.

Several of the names on this list are among the most awesome people I've ever interacted with. Kenneth Hite is a phenomenal writer and designer with an excellent sense of humor.  Robin Laws is also an excellent writer and designer.  S. John Ross is likewise. I encourage you to track down their work elsewhere and buy a lot of it.

But I will not support anything which profits the RPG Pundit in any way. Period.

There are a number of reasons for this, but, to avoid degenerating into incoherency, I'll just post this link, which summarizes Sage LaTorra's problems with him, and this link. And say that there is more to it than just that.

I've already pre-paid for the starter set that drops today. That is the last 5e product I will be purchasing first-hand.  It'll be the first version of D&D I won't be buying into since I had the ability to to so.  It's a weird feeling.

As to what you should do: I leave it 100% up to you to make up your own mind. But I do encourage you to do a bit of research before you decide.

And - if you decide not to buy - tell Wizards of the Coast. Otherwise, they'll just assume it's business as usual.


  1. As a consultant, he almost certainly doesn't get any residuals. He got paid some money, and then it was done.

    I understand taking a stand against an institution that won't listen to anything but money. But taking a stand against a product because it gave some money to an asshole... man, there are a lot of assholes working for a lot of companies. You know that, because you've worked with some of them.

    I suspect every dollar you would have spent on 5e will end up being spent on a different RPG. But I also think your decision not to buy will have more effect on me than it will on RPG Pundit.

    (But seriously, they dropped that Uri guy like a potato when some people complained about him, but they give money to RPG Pundit? Weird.)

  2. To be honest, I was more disappointed to see S. John Ross's name on there. He's just the worst kind of person.