Sunday, February 26, 2012
Hey Schindehette, Does This Look System Neutral to You?
As readers will know, I've recently worked with a grad student on the creation of his MA thesis on module art and old school D&D subculture. We have the paper under academic peer-review at the moment and I've been writing additional material on my own on a similar topic. I have spent months studying the nuances, however small and seemingly insignificant, of classic fantasy art. So, it's from that standpoint that I wrote a long, long post on D&D art in response to John Schindehette's article (he's the D&D creative director) and then I deleted it. I'm convinced it won't matter.
Interestingly though - on the heels of Schindehette's column where he encouraged a broad discussion of D&D art in an effort to make 5e inclusive and welcoming to D&D gamers of all stripes - the cover of the apparently system-neutral splat Elminster's Forgotten Realms was released. If that's a troll, then I need to hire his personal trainer.
When I first heard of this system neutral supplement I commented on it - I ran some WotC Speak through my handy WotC 5000 translator.
As far as I'm concerned, this was yet another missed opportunity by WotC. This could have been a real nice set-up piece for the forthcoming AD&D books and to back up the inclusive speak with action.
Obviously, this is something else. I understand the Creative Team is in a really difficult position. If I were them I think I would take the rest of my holidays, quit, and then go into cat-herding. It would have to be easier than appealing to all generations of D&D gamers. Having said that, if this is the kind of effort we can expect from the creative team on the all-inclusive 5e then large segments of the people they are trying to get back will be in serious disappointment, or deeper apathy, whichever you prefer.
Ok, folks. Thoughts and feelings of the inclusiveness of this visual style to signify a system neutral D&D product?
Posted by Kiltedyaksman at 12:11 PM