Apparently, I still have a major dislike of anything d20.
This is not me bashing the system as much as just realizing that I don’t want to have anything to do with it.
To be fair, I got into gaming playing D&D 2nd ed, and still have fond memories of that game. It was the game that got me into gaming in the first place. So without it, I may have never got into gaming at all. For that I am grateful.
It started in 1991, and I played that game (along with others such as Call of Cthulhu, cyberpunk, champions, etc.) for a good decade. Then I had a few years where I did not play anything, mostly due to not being able to find people to play with.
Then I moved to NYC in 2003 and started my own sci-fi/fantasy book club. From that I found people wanting to game, and we started playing 2nd ed again. It was fun, especially getting to introduce new people to gaming. I had a blast.
Then it changed.
I started to get bored with the game, and a few other things happened at the same time. The first thing was an introduction to the indie game scene by playing Spirit of the Century. This changed how I viewed gaming and I started to go into a different direction. The second thing that happened is that we started to make a game and I realized our game was just a clone of D&D.
I don’t think we meant for that to happen, but it did.
Not to mention at this time it seemed like every game was becoming a d20 game. Or it could be that I was so burned out of D&D that it ruined other d20 games as well.
So, anyone that knows me already knows this.
But last weekend we were at half-price books, and I came across and old star wars box set for 7 bucks. Part of me remembered that Wizards made a D20 star wars game, but I blocked that part of my mind and could not wait to get back home. See, I had played star wars years before it was a D20 game and it was AWESOME.
So, when I got home, I started reading the book and realized it was the Wizards version which was D20. It was so disappointing to me, and once I got a few chapters into the game, I was already done with it. It just annoyed the hell out of me. lol.
So, apparently, even though I have not played a d20 game in probably 4 years or so, I am still annoyed with the system enough that I don’t even want to read the book in a setting I love. This may never change, and if that is the case, that is ok.
I have enough indie games I love to make up for it.