I've been playing RPGs for nearly 20 years now. I guess i'm what you call old school. I've played through an entire gaming store worth of RPGs and even created one or two homebrew systems. I'm reacting to the recent announcement of 3rd edition Warhammer in this post. theres alot of talk going on this forum and RPG.net about this game. now, I havent playtested this game, I havent seen it, havent read any books included with it or anything of that sort. I've just diligently read much of what has already been said about it thus far. so I'll just dive into my rant:
I think old school RPG players will be repulsed by this game. I think it will seem gamist, board-gamey and 'immature' for the older/experienced crowd. I always viewed WFRP and its counterpart Dark Heresy as 'mature' RPGs and somewhat of a counter-culture to Dungeons and Dragons, espescially D&D 4e. once you get into action cards, party sheets and dice pools, you really take a turn into boardgame/cardgame land. sure, it can still be a roleplaying game, but you're really limiting the creativity of the players by forcing them to act only in accordance with thier actions cards or at-will powers. just because you tell a little story along the way doesnt make it a true RPG. now the RPG world is changing, i'll admit. other games like Magic the Gathering and World of Warcraft have all had an impact on RPGs and the demographic who play them. I understand FFG's need to create a new game for a new generation but I find it hard to imagine anyone over the age of 25 really enjoying this game. it almost seems more like a beer & pretzels kind of game. get together, pick some characters, kill some orcs, have a laugh then go home. now, of course we still have WFRP 2e for those of us whiners who just cant adapt to the 'new rpg' environment that D&D 4e is trying to create. but seriously, what is all this chicken-**** quasi-RPG nonsense really about? its more like Gauntlet Legends nowadays. I have my blue attack and my green attack, you have your blue defense and green defense. come on now.
I may give this game a chance, but the more I hear the more it sounds like less of an RPG and more of a boardgame. its like saying that Twilight Imperium is an RPG because you're telling the story of a galactic war.
someone prove me wrong.