Wednesday, July 17, 2013

It Seems That WOTC Needs Old School DM's

Apparently they need shitloads of people to DM DnD Next at GenCon.


I dunno if this is a sign of 5e's popularity, or lack thereof, or a LFR protest, or something else. 

 http://dungeonsmaster.com/2013/07/dms-for-gencon-needed-badly/

It makes me wonder, how can they be requesting people to play/DM a game that is not complete yet?  Granted, I haven't been following the beta of 5e, so I have no idea where they are with it, but I know I would have heard if there was a "complete enough to play, pretty much what you see here is what the game is gonna be" version out there. 

Would most DM's feel comfortable dm'ing a skeleton of a game system?  It would likely turn into a freewheeling type of game, like a flailsnails game, with lots of winging it where the rules are concerned.  But then you're not playting 5e, are ya?  Or are ya?

Then again, how many new school DM's could pull such a game off and make it fun?  In my experience, the last generation of GM's seem too tied to rules heavy games to comfortably wing such a game and make it fun. 

Maybe WOTC should recruit a shitload of old schoolers to introduce people to their new game? 

That'd be fuckin' ironic.

7 comments:

  1. $200 a night for a room? Yeesh, now I know why I stopped going to GenCon.

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  2. Geez, comping rooms, badges, and swag? That's pretty substantial. (And the gift certificate "to the PDF store" is presumably to dndclassics.com, which means that it would be possible to get something one of us would actually be interested in grabbing. :P

    From what I've seen the 5e betas aren't in "pretty much good to go" format, but there's always been enough to run a game from.

    (Also I think you're underselling the "last generation of GMs" a bit, but I'm biased. :) )

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  3. There are cheaper rates to be had with a bit of looking, but yeah, the block hotel rooms are insane. Our game circle (80%) just commutes every day, but of course we're all local or semi-local, and usually just crash at someone's house for the weekend.

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  4. Yeah I am not going this year cause taking a family of four (who expect to eat every day!) was killing me.
    Plus running games has gone from something I did 8 hours a day at Gen Con to something I do 8 hours the entire con.

    This smacks of some poor planning.

    BUT I have to say that if it is the same crop of DMs not running this year that have run in past years for WotC, then pulling the homeless people off the streets might be better.

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  5. Well, 5e has a pretty old-school, freewheeling feel to it. Most DM's with pre-3e or 4e experience won't have much trouble making the thing get up and dance.

    In fact, DM's with mostly 4e experience might have quite a bit of trouble with it.

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