All I said was "d20 sucks" and the community seemed to spring back to life. I haven't seen this much posting in this community... since the last time someone said d20 sucked ass.
Why do people get so incensed and defensive when a system gets blasted?
I love what Inevitability had to say about this blasting and counter-blasting.
Personally, one of my favorite systems is one that I've only played a handful of times: Legend of the Five Rings
Cinematic oriental-flavored fantasy setting with grand large-scale battles and epic dueling. Plus it's so easy to die in the system that it FORCES players to think and role-play themselves out of situations until nothing else but combat could be called for.
The main problem with this game is that nobody ever wants to play it. Which is usually the main problem with any game that isn't a hugely popular or well known game (in my opinion, and in my experience).
What is a hugely popular or well known game? Well, d20 does spring to mind. And you can't say that d20 is "too new" either because it's basically just AD&D 3rd edition, but they dropped the A and called it d20 so that people could apply the system to other game settings that weren't necesarilly fantasy-based.
But Shadowrun and Vampire also spring to mind as well known hugely popular games. I know people who exclusively play d20 and I know people who exclusively play Vampire, and I feel anyone who plays one system and isn't willing to try something new or different is not only hurting themselves, but also allowing themselves to wallow in ignorance.
I also truly believe that anyone who gets a bug up their butt about one man's (a man you've never met) poorly opinion about a game system (of all things) is entirely too defensive for a reason.
I would be inclined to believe it's because deep down the defensive person knows that d20 is not a four-star game, and I won't carry that line of logic any further because it's sure to upset somebody.
In other (more sarcastic) words: d20 sucks. What are you going to do about it? Flame me? Ooooo, big gamer! You sure showed me, I'm gonna play d20 now because you told me I was full of [CENSORED]
In other (nicer) words: I don't like d20. There's nothing you can say that will change my mind, and I will simply ignore your insults and criticisms of my opinion. You are free to disagree with me, but my judgement has been made, and I'm sure my opinion isn't going to affect your life. I hope you enjoy playing d20 for as long as you play it, or until 4th edition comes out.
Until then, game on you crazy diamond.