Oh look! Now you can pretend you're playing Falcon's Eye! No, I don't know why that's a good thing at all...

>> Monday, February 25, 2008

Boing Boing has a preview of the new D&D Insider application that will allow players with more money than sense turn their old-school RPG sessions into... Falcon's Eye sessions?

I'm sorry, can you tell I'm not impressed?

Okay, I know that there are D&D players out there who are thinking the whole online D&D aspect of Insider will be great for older gamers who are separated by distance--I can sympathize, I have a weekly Neverwinter Nights game with an old college buddy who now lives in a different time zone... of course, the thing is, that's why we play Neverwinter Nights. It's not like reverting to a pen'n'paper incarnation is faster and smoother than what we can do with the BioWare adaptation. And I know there are those who think Insider will draw MMORPG kids into the old school tabletop--I think those people are... let's call them "naive" to be nice about it.

I'm not tech adverse: the last D&D campaign I ran, I ran from behind my laptop at the table, with eTools and Campaign Cartographer up and running with the Hypertext d20 SRD in a browser. But what is Insider offering that is necessary or useful or (if useful) that third-party vendors weren't doing better before Wizards decided to shut them out?

Virtual minis? I'm just not impressed. I don't want to sound like some of the whinier naysayers out there, though I'm sure I do anyway, but this isn't a product I want to play. I'm not going to knock anyone who wants to. Everyone has their thing, and that's all good. But I don't see anything here I'd want.

Anyway, there it is. Judge for yourself.


MWT Tuesday, February 26, 2008 at 4:25:00 AM EST  

Yeah, I think I'll just stick with RPoL. Completely text based, perfectly set up for pen-and-paper roleplaying among friends far away from each other. Though if play-by-post isn't up your alley, there's also OpenRPG which'll let you do it chat-style. I've never used it, but have heard good things.

wellsian,  Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at 3:15:00 PM EST  

Video games - why waste good technology on science and medicine?

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