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D&D Commissars, coming to store near you.
« on: April 15, 2021, 12:24:12 PM »
https://twitter.com/iammattsanders/status/1382614912522936320

This is absolutely a logical out growth of the current "gaming culture". Discuss, weep, etc.

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« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2021, 01:16:30 PM »
https://twitter.com/iammattsanders/status/1382614912522936320

This is absolutely a logical out growth of the current "gaming culture". Discuss, weep, etc.

Can you quote it? I don't really do Twitter.  :-

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« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2021, 01:21:36 PM »

Remember my local store that was organizing a very bureaucratic sounding D&D council to oversee store games?

Well, their DM application process is up.

That'll be a hard nope from me.


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« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2021, 01:26:32 PM »
Definitely a canary in the coal mine. And yes, it's in the vein of the kind of control mechanisms being pushed into the hobby.

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« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2021, 01:38:50 PM »
Definitely a canary in the coal mine. And yes, it's in the vein of the kind of control mechanisms being pushed into the hobby.

This is odd to me, because I had to follow a very similar process to  become a Storyteller in a Cam/Mind's Eye Theatre -descended game back in the mid-to-late nineties (they were running about five groups across two or three states). I was a player for about a year, then an Assistant Storyteller for several months, then the "Coordination Team" got together to review my work as an assistant, then I was allowed to run my own plot/campaign as a full Storyteller. If this kind of control by a group over who runs their games is a canary in the coal mine, the mine has always been full of gas.

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« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2021, 01:56:45 PM »
  The intent appears to be that this is for a 'shared world', multi-GM campaign. This may take off if WotC decides to take that step with their Organized Play offerings.

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« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2021, 02:10:42 PM »
https://twitter.com/iammattsanders/status/1382614912522936320

This is absolutely a logical out growth of the current "gaming culture". Discuss, weep, etc.

I saw that going around this morning.

"Leveling a store character..." Yeah, no. If by that time you've enjoyed the game enough, you've likely bought the books if not own them already, so why waste your time at the store when playing at home or elsewhere is more liberating?

Everything after that comes across as a heavy-handed attempt to control everything the players and DM do.

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« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2021, 02:21:46 PM »
Yeah this'll definitely happen everywhere for sure. Gonna gitcher tables next, bois.
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« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2021, 02:32:21 PM »
Yeah this'll definitely happen everywhere for sure. Gonna gitcher tables next, bois.

No one said it will happen everywhere, merely that it's an interesting indicator of the cultural trends in table top rpgs. Nice straw man though.

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« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2021, 02:36:47 PM »
Thanks I'm glad you like it I think the corncob pipe is a real good symbolic indicator of a corncob pipe.

What's it indicate to you about cultural trends in tabletop rpgs that you didn't already know
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« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2021, 02:57:41 PM »
Definitely a canary in the coal mine. And yes, it's in the vein of the kind of control mechanisms being pushed into the hobby.

This is odd to me, because I had to follow a very similar process to  become a Storyteller in a Cam/Mind's Eye Theatre -descended game back in the mid-to-late nineties (they were running about five groups across two or three states). I was a player for about a year, then an Assistant Storyteller for several months, then the "Coordination Team" got together to review my work as an assistant, then I was allowed to run my own plot/campaign as a full Storyteller. If this kind of control by a group over who runs their games is a canary in the coal mine, the mine has always been full of gas.

And how much were they paying you?

Because for someone to have that kind of control they better be paying me good money.
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« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2021, 03:02:08 PM »
Definitely a canary in the coal mine. And yes, it's in the vein of the kind of control mechanisms being pushed into the hobby.

This is odd to me, because I had to follow a very similar process to  become a Storyteller in a Cam/Mind's Eye Theatre -descended game back in the mid-to-late nineties (they were running about five groups across two or three states). I was a player for about a year, then an Assistant Storyteller for several months, then the "Coordination Team" got together to review my work as an assistant, then I was allowed to run my own plot/campaign as a full Storyteller. If this kind of control by a group over who runs their games is a canary in the coal mine, the mine has always been full of gas.

White Wolf always was ahead of their time.

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« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2021, 03:14:05 PM »
Definitely a canary in the coal mine. And yes, it's in the vein of the kind of control mechanisms being pushed into the hobby.

This is odd to me, because I had to follow a very similar process to  become a Storyteller in a Cam/Mind's Eye Theatre -descended game back in the mid-to-late nineties (they were running about five groups across two or three states). I was a player for about a year, then an Assistant Storyteller for several months, then the "Coordination Team" got together to review my work as an assistant, then I was allowed to run my own plot/campaign as a full Storyteller. If this kind of control by a group over who runs their games is a canary in the coal mine, the mine has always been full of gas.

And how much were they paying you?

Because for someone to have that kind of control they better be paying me good money.

If I'm remembering rightly, I had my membership fee (for rental of the venue) waived, and I got a small discount (10% maybe?) at the  gaming store associated with the group.  But it was more about getting my gaming on out of the house. Also, it was fun to run in a shared universe with other Storytellers.

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« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2021, 03:22:20 PM »
If I'm remembering rightly, I had my membership fee (for rental of the venue) waived, and I got a small discount (10% maybe?) at the  gaming store associated with the group.  But it was more about getting my gaming on out of the house. Also, it was fun to run in a shared universe with other Storytellers.

Yeah the lure of shared universe and continuity among many groups is fucking crack to a lot of gamers, most of em should really know better it's hard to do.
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« Reply #14 on: April 15, 2021, 03:26:58 PM »
Definitely a canary in the coal mine. And yes, it's in the vein of the kind of control mechanisms being pushed into the hobby.

This is odd to me, because I had to follow a very similar process to  become a Storyteller in a Cam/Mind's Eye Theatre -descended game back in the mid-to-late nineties (they were running about five groups across two or three states). I was a player for about a year, then an Assistant Storyteller for several months, then the "Coordination Team" got together to review my work as an assistant, then I was allowed to run my own plot/campaign as a full Storyteller. If this kind of control by a group over who runs their games is a canary in the coal mine, the mine has always been full of gas.

And how much were they paying you?

Because for someone to have that kind of control they better be paying me good money.

If I'm remembering rightly, I had my membership fee (for rental of the venue) waived, and I got a small discount (10% maybe?) at the  gaming store associated with the group.  But it was more about getting my gaming on out of the house. Also, it was fun to run in a shared universe with other Storytellers.

I rather run MY own universe without other imput than the PCs acctions on it thank you.
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