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Video Slashdot's Rob Rozeboom Interviews D&D Designer Mike Mearls - Part 2 (video) 43

On July 18 we ran Part One of a video conversation (really audio with slides) between Slashdot editor Rob "samzenpus" Rozeboom and Mike Mearls, Senior Manager for the Dungeons and Dragons Design Team. This is the rest of that interview.
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Slashdot's Rob Rozeboom Interviews D&D Designer Mike Mearls - Part 2 (video)

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  • transcription? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by bananaquackmoo ( 1204116 ) on Friday July 27, 2012 @05:16PM (#40796065)
    Transcribe the video or nobody cares.
  • by syockit ( 1480393 ) on Friday July 27, 2012 @05:19PM (#40796101)
    Why won't an interview with the designer of a game, that many nerds play, be worthy of Slashdot, which touts to be "news for nerds"?
  • by Sir_Eptishous ( 873977 ) on Friday July 27, 2012 @05:33PM (#40796239) Homepage
    "Hi, I'm Mike Mearls. I work for a company that created an incredibly lame and atrocious game called "Magic: The Gathering". A game, brilliantly designed so that you're chances of winning increase by purchasing more product from our company. But I digress...

    Back in the 90's my company went out and "saved" TSR, the venerable and rickety enterprise which brought the world Dungeons and Dragons, the popular role playing game. TSR had floundered under idiotic management for years, and WoTC swooped in to take the name, revive the brand and make the game better for all.

    What happened however was that the game that WoTC created had very, very little in common with the original TSR version, and along with subsequent iterations, it was all designed to generate perpetual revenue by using the same methods employed in that other, atrocious, WoTC POS card game, "Magic".

    WoTC version of D&D was a godsend to the type of player who can't lose, which fit in perfectly in an America where everyone is a winner and all go home with a trophy...

    WoTC new iteration of D&D attempts to patch over issues with our last release, however it is all really just another money grab, a way to get more pasty high school nerds to spend what little money they have on overpriced books, supplements, etc; This is the strategy WoTC has maintained and will continue with. So don't be fooled by imitations, only WoTC offers a true consumer experience at the expense of playability and enjoyment.

  • by Sunnan ( 466558 ) <> on Saturday July 28, 2012 @03:32AM (#40799697) Homepage Journal

    Except WotC did save D&D... by coming up with the OGL license, which enabled the entire OSR/retroclone movement.

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