I noticed from the conversation below the line that someone was quite grumpy about the 'silly' approach of T&T. I thought about it and think the light hearted approach is part of T&Ts USP. Loads of other games from that era have fallen by the wayside, but T&T carries on. I think it does what I call gonzo better than any other system does. The occasionally dark humour of solos like Sword for Hire, Sorcerers Solitaire, Deathtrap Equalizer Dungeon and Arena of Khazan are an important part of my fun.
Post by bigjackbrass on Apr 14, 2021 7:57:30 GMT -5
Roleplaying is fundamentally silly. It's a gloriously daft hobby if you take a moment to consider what we're doing. The idea that you must take it completely seriously when your dark battle elf rides her war unicorn to the fortress of the Dark Lord™ is frankly laughable. It's a game. Play it however you like.
T&T doesn't insist on a particular tone or approach and it really should take more than the name of a spell - not the description or effect, mind you, merely the name - to define a game as silly. I've never understood why people will devote untold hours to rewriting D&D rules, yet somehow can't bring themselves to call Poor Baby something different.
Post by ProfGremlin on Apr 14, 2021 8:23:57 GMT -5
There was a quote this sparks a memory of, sadly I can't quite call it to mind. In essence, the quickest way to offending everyone is attempting to please everyone. Humanity is a spectrum of spectrums. We have very serious thinkers and over the top comedians. We have deep feelers and iron-willed doers. Why is it any surprise that the entertainment we enjoy is any less of a spectrum than those creatures which create it?
For those who call out the silliness of T&T, what is their opinion of Toon? Personally, I enjoy Toon's wackiness, as well. I wouldn't want a steady diet of it, but, sure, it's fun to jump into as a one-shot every so often.
If someone is worried about the silliness-perception then do as one of the posters in the comment thread did: change up the names of the spell list and don't tell your group. Apparently it went over quite well. Is it that far of a stretch of the imagination to envision that perhaps the same spell is known by different names in different areas? In our physical world, in the English language alone, we have regionally and culturally different names for the same flower. Heck, our online dictionaries provide versions for U.S, U.K, Australian, South African and Pidgin English. And we're worrying about the name of a spell. Remind me, TTRPGs require imagination, right?
If such games had never existed these dissenting voices would be silenced. In their place would be a new chorus crying out at 'Yet another gloom-dark serious roleplaying game. :: Insert Eye-Roll :: Why can't we have something with a little humor in it?'
The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination. - Albert Einstein
I'll have the deep-fried battered pixie with balrog dipping sauce and a Hobgoblin ale.