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Old May 18th, 2001, 07:50 PM
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by jalberti:
What happened to GDW?

Joe Alberti

There may be more authoritarian answers, but I believe the answer is the PC. Playing against your computer is easier than collecting like-minded nerds for a board game, and the market for board games virtually disappeared. Wargamers used to drift into roleplaying, now they drift into on-line gaming.

And the problem with GDW RPGs was that they
had high (read expensive) production values,
with overly-complex rules (including the atrocius house rules) and poorly thought out settings.

A lot of us old wargamers preferred Traveller as an RPG because we were used to a game representing objective reality (We know that a Firefly can outshoot a Panther, even if it was a Sherman). Look at the D20 forum and see how often people say, "it's just a game" to defend unrealistic mechanics. These people are the future of RPGs, and I am not one of them.

[This message has been edited by Uncle Bob (edited 18 May 2001).]