Ah, time for the weekly blog shitstorm. I once found it kind of endearing, but now I'm getting kind of sick of it. At least this week's drama is slightly more substantial than what armor class system you prefer.
Look, I'm just a guy who happens to prefer the older editions of D&D. I tried the new ones (played 3.x for most of college, actually) and they just don't deliver for me. In fact, it isn't so much the play style as it is the mechanics and the whole "pimp my build" thing with 3.x and the very divergent nature of 4th, specifically. Yeah, they do have a different play style associated with them, but I believe that is influenced by the deadliness of the old rules.
In fact, I'll be plain: 3.x, while tolerable, just doesn't do it for me. I will never run it again, though you might be able to persuade me to play it. On the other hand, I loathe 4th edition and will not play or run it again.
I started this blog because I could talk for hours, nay, days, about roleplaying games. White Wolf, D&D, Gamma World, Warhammer, whatever. I love to tinker and I love to theorize. I also like to play games besides D&D, but that is what I am most into right now, so that it what gets the most attention in my blog.
I am not part of any movement. I am not trying to steer gaming back into the style of older editions. I could care less what happens with 4th edition or Pathfinder or 3.5 Resurgent. I'm not particularly interested in proselytizing, converting, or recruiting. I do not intend to publish anything, though I am grateful for the retro-clones empowering others to produce AD&D/D&D material without getting sued. I'm glad people are doing new things with old rules, rather than just recreating the past. I want to play Carcosa. I want to run Deathfrostdoom. (I just have to type it as one word) I've been meaning to take a gander at Utrusk. I want to expand the module I wrote for the recent con into a Cyclopedic/Mutant Future campaign. I'm just a guy who is selfishly grabbing up all this great stuff that is coming out. I don't mind being a niche within a niche. The aging of our hobby is not really a concern to me. Getting "these damn kids" into our version of the game isn't really a priority for me. I want to play. I want to share my ideas. I want to read what others are doing with their rules and campaigns. All the drama, factionism, and assorted other bullshit is just a byproduct of Internet at large. It wouldn't matter if my hobby was bass fishing or miniature painting or that thing where you put the little ship in the bottle; there would still be forums and blogs and overblown arguments over doctrine or details or some-frickin'-thing.
I'm sure this post isn't going to win me any friends, but the hell with it.