|From:||Doctor Doom <jch8169@*******.TAMU.EDU>|
|Subject:||Re: T$R and FASA|
|Date:||Sun, 31 Jul 1994 03:38:47 -0500|
I, personally, do not possess a ubiquitous antipathy for TSR -- they have
developed the odd worthwhile product, although I admit the appearances of
such products have become fewer and further between as the years progress.
> It's not that I don't trust FASA, it just, we'll, that I don't trust
Entschuldigen Sie? Hayden, you do not trust ANYONE of authority!
> T$R has always been on the forfront of facist thinking in the
> gaming industry, and FASA is mirroring many of the traits seen in the
> young T$R.
I believe this to be an alarmist sentiment. FASA has, as of yet, partaken
of no actions that indicate that their approach to and stance upon this
issue even remotely resembles TSR's.
Also, I believe that likening FASA to TSR in this fashion is both vicious
hyperbole and unwarranted. A number of members of this list have ridiculed,
castigated, and simply cursed FASA for their tardiness in the production
schedule, editing anomalies, and the ubiquitous Errata documents.
To them, I query: What would you prefer? Some leviathonic, monolithic
organization devoid of soul, churning out products, modules, and source
material in assembly-line fashion? Always on time, always flawless --
for what it produces is so pedestrian, sterile, and recycled concepts
that it requires truly no inspirational effort to produce?
Or perhaps we shall have our FASA -- keep the $ out of the name, 'tis wholly
inappropriate! Which isn't perfect... Which is often late... Howe'er,
produces products which are invigorating, innovative, rife with originality
and comes from an organization whose representatives are understanding and
/approachable/. I rather expect if each and every one of us did not derive
SOME measure of pleasure from ShadowRun, we would not be participating upon
Can we have the positive attributes of both? Possibly. Such an evolution
shall naturally require a great deal of time and care so that the SOUL of
FASA is retained and not sacrificed at the foot of the modern idol, Mammon.
FASA hasn't published a collector's edition of its catalogue, unlike TSR,
and if they (and we) are careful, they ne'er shall.
Sherlock Holmes once said, "It is a mistake to theorize in advance of data.
Invariably it biases the judgment."
I would admonish this list to permit us to accumulate a greater amount of
information before drawing (or jumping to) our conclusions.
Colonel Count von Hohenzollern und von Doom, DMSc, DSc, PhD.
Doom Technologies & Weapon Systems -- Dark Thought Publications
>>> Working on solutions best left in the dark.
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