So I had a chat with my old mate Gaz and he bemoaned the lack of anything gaming related to buy these days. Really? I think it depends what you’re into obviously. I can’t keep up with the D&D release schedule it’s so demanding. There’s always new Traveller stuff, Dark Heresy too. And then there’s Dragon Warriors, which is the actual point of this post.
I owned DW in the 80s. I played the arse out of it. Wrote a fanzine (The Ereworn Ear) and everything. Still have the books upstairs, and I’ve held off ebaying them because of my good times with those lovely little books.
Now it’s back, published by James Wallis, a man for whom I have no little respect. (Remind me to tell you one day about how I buttonholed him in Games Workshop’s reception.) His aims are laudable, and anyone who is passionate enough to put their cash into RPGs gets my vote. The really weird thing is the fan reaction. There’s two parts to this, the bizarre (IMO) desire for new rules (which would destroy the game they want to save), and the desire to promote their new favourite game, because of the fear of it disappearing, again.
I know this is a churlish point of view but, where exactly were they when the game went out of print the first time round? It’s because of their lack of support the game went away in the first place. I get the feeling that there’s a large proportion of gamers who can only get interested in games that are in hobby stores today. Then there’s this odd behaviour where they attempt to champion the game (which is fair enough) but then it goes beyond that. It becomes about evangelising the game, in order to save the game. From what exactly? No game ever really goes out of print. between PDFs and ebay you’ve got the history of gaming at your fingertips.
This is why I like the old school D&D movement so much, not for the games they’re playing but for the fact that they are playing, not worrying about the state of a publishers bottom line. Why can some gamers only get excited with a brand new book? Does new necessarily mean good?
Let’s get real. Role playing is a tiny hobby. Tiny. I love it to death but I don’t think anyone has any right to expect it to spawn an industry. Dragon Warriors was a great game, in it’s day.That day is over. Seeing folk fawn over it now reminds me of the feeling I get when I see a teenager in a Nirvana t-shirt.