Last week, we wanted to know which side of the screen you preferred to be on. 54% are multiclassed player/GMs and enjoy both. Players-only was next with 25%, and 19% were power-hungry I mean GM only. Only 1 of you responded that you don’t play, which I suppose means we know our audience!
Spinning out from the discussion about what D&D is, I pondered about the disconnect that some players have to various concepts. For example, I’ve read long threads about how 4e’s change in the definition of hit points breaks their willing suspension of disbelief due to its abstraction. At the same time, I’ve never had a problem with the abstraction because I generally am in that video game frame of reference in D&D. (Now, in a more simulation-style game like GURPS or Call of Cthulhu, it’s a different story.) The same goes for the long discussions about economic scale. As someone who has studied social sciences pretty heavily, I’ve never though the D&D worlds had any chance of being realistic, and so I’ve always done what’s best for the game and story.
In a different direction, Bartoneus and I are both prepping our 4e games and discussing often about it. It seems some of his players are interested in playing characters based on Van Helsing (from the movie) and from Final Fantasy X.
Perfectly fine concepts to be sure. It leads me to wonder, however…
Feel free to elaborate on what impact you think those influences had on what you enjoy in your fantasy gaming experiences, or anything else you want to tell us about the world of Fantasy!