Now we seem to have endless lists of the same types of Potion, with relatively unimaginative names, all with different "tiers".
Potion of Clarity (level 5), Potion of Clarity (level 10), Potion of Clarity (level 15), Potion of Clarity (level 10) - and so on.
This applies to all Potions and Elixirs.
OK, now I was under the impression Role-Playing required IMAGINATION . . . .
Where oh where is the Imagination in that.
Now I am fully aware that all this makes no never mind to a certain extent, and that there are probably some very talented DM's out there Running very successful games of 4e (not) DnD - but thats because the DM in question UNDOUBTEDLY is very talented and knows what he is doing.
But what about those poor guys who aren't quite as imaginative, or maybe are brand new to Fantasy Role-Playing. Surely this constant "samey-ness" about ALL of the rules in 4e (not) DnD quells and stifles creativity forcing those buying the 4e (not) DnD Books (and I know there are disenters who will disagree, but BO***CKS to those who do - they are quite obviously "fan-boys" or totally misinformed) into buying more.
Its all about the alimighty Dollar for WizBro these days - they produce product, pure and simple. I have no doubt in my mind there are some talented designers working for WizBro - but they are being pushed and forced into a corporate mold to produce a corporate product.
Where is the fun, the excitement, the imagination. Just LOOK at some of the Potion entries from AD&D 1st Edition Dungeon Masters Guide -
- Animal Control
- Dragon Control
- Fire Resistance
- Gaseous Form
- Giant Control
- Human Control
- Oil of Etherealness
- Oil of Slipperiness
- Philter of Love
- Philter of Persuasiveness
- Plant Control
- Sweet Water
- Treasure Finding
- Undead Control
- Water Breathing
I ran a game of Castles & Crusades recently, for a Group who have only ever played 4th Edition (not) DnD (except for one player, who dabbled in 3.5) - they were so revved and excited by the end it was untrue.
Their regular DM is switching over to C&C now, they have seen how easy it is to immerse yourself in a fantasy world given the right tools.
Sorry WizBro - you are taking D&D down a Role-Playing dead end. I'm hoping someone working for you realizes before its too late.