This morning we published an article called Make D&D Better, Remove Fighters From the Game. In this article, Bauxtehude attacked the defender role, specifically the Fighter. We expected that his view on this topic would be unpopular, but we didn’t expect the level of negativity and disagreement that resulted. Bauxtehude has long held the opinion that he expressed earlier today and he choose to express his thoughts in a provocative manner.
When I first read the article last week I knew it would raise the hackles of some readers. I also knew there were a few inconsistencies and broad generalizations contained in the article. All that aside I felt the article should proceed as there were many good points of discussion.
One of our goals at Dungeon’s Master has always been to generate discussion about D&D with the underlying goal to make the game better. At the heart of Bauxtehude’s article are a lot of good criticisms about defenders and Fighters. Because he chose to make his points by going over the top, the heart of the discussion didn’t shine through as clearly as we thought it would. He wrote with his tongue firmly planted in cheek, taking an extreme view of what he sees as a problem situation. Unfortunately it seems that many readers took the entire article at face value and took personal offense at some of the broad generalizations.
When we realized that things were not going as expected we had two choices – pull the article or ride out the storm. We choose to keep it up and face the music.
Both Bauxtehude and Ameron have been answering comments throughout the day. As more feedback came in it became clear that some people did indeed see the underling points of the article and although they may not have agreed with everything they were able to find some merit in some of the examples provided.
In the end we’re standing behind the article as we have with everything we’ve published at Dungeon’s Master. We know that some of our articles, especially the editorial pieces, run the risk of alienating those who disagree with us. At the end of the day this article generated a lot of discussion and we saw a lot of support for defenders and Fighters. So even though the article wasn’t received as we’d expected, it got people energized about D&D and that excites us.
We’ll keep publishing new D&D articles every day and we hope that you’ll come back again tomorrow and see what we’re going to say next. Thanks to everyone who visited us today, read Bauxtehude’s article, and felt strongly enough to leave a comment. As a result you’ve enhanced the experience of everyone involved and have made D&D a better game to play.