Sunday, May 29, 2011

Familiarity Breeds Contempt, or Something

When you get to the point at which you start to point out that you must publish X by a certain date and that because you don't hit certain marks you didn't maximize sales on a certain product or that you have to choose to produce one product over another not because one product will make money and another will not, but but because one product will obviously be a better seller than another product, I think you have lost the right to appeal to fellow gamers that are doing what you do for a love of the game.

Or at the very least, you loose the right to say, "hey, what's a few mistakes in a product between gamers," or "you can tell what the intent of the rule was," or even, "you can't judge what kind of editing job we did because you didn't see what state the original manuscript was in."

 Sorry, if you "have" to put out product on certain dates for maximum profitability, and you point out that  you've been in the business for long enough now that you can't take suggestions from the fanbase because you know what works, I think its a little late to beg off by having your hearts in the right place.

And honestly, if your freelancers are turning over material in such bad shape that its threatening to knock you off your publishing schedule if you do what to silly, untrained, unwashed masses of consumers seems like a bad job of editing, maybe you either shouldn't be counting on those freelancers, or you should reconsider just how professional you think your operation is.


  1. This is a straight Ctrl-V from an email that I sent about a half hour ago. (Still in the copy/paste buffer, from me writing to you that you should probably ban it from your Council of Thieves game):

    Terrible Remorse
    School enchantment (compulsion) [emotion, mind-affecting];
    Level bard 3, cleric 4, inquisitor 3, sorcerer/wizard 4
    Casting Time 1 standard action
    Components V, S
    Range close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels)
    Target 1 living creature
    Duration 1 round/level
    Saving Throw Will partial (see text); Spell Resistance yes
    You fill a target with such profound remorse that it begins to harm itself. Each round, the target must save or deal 1d8 points of damage + its Strength modifier to itself using an item held in its hand or with unarmed attacks. If the creature saves, it is
    instead frozen with sorrow, can take no actions, and takes a –2 penalty to Armor Class.

    Really? A level 3 spell with essentially no save, no touch attack, and a rounds/level disabling of the target?

    I'm getting tired of pointing out dreck and feeling like I'm just complaining too much.

    But then again, what other enjoyment am I going to get out of this $40 waste-of-paper?

  2. I'm really wondering what the original manuscripts must have looked like that "you don't know how bad they used to look" defense came into play.

  3. Original Version:

    Y'all Feel Bad
    School enchanty (make you do shit) [emo-yo, mind-fuck];
    Level bard 1, cleric 0, inquisitor 8, sorcerer/wizard 23
    Casting Time 1 standard action
    Range close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels)
    Target 1 living creature
    Duration Forever Dude
    Saving Throw Will partial (see text); Spell Resistance yes
    Y'all make a dude cry and beat his head against the wall. Each round, the dude hasta save or hurt hisself fer 1d5 points of damage + its Dog modifier. If the dude saves, it's still scrued, cas it sitz their cryin like a little bitch.