I've finally had enough d20/D&D
After all these years of using and defending the d20 system, I've finally realized it's major shortcoming. After all the campaigns I've run, it's finally started to stifle my creativity.
Over the last several campaigns I've run I've felt something not-quite-right with...something. Something I couldn't put my finger on. I realized the other night while in a Guiness induced state of frantic creativity that I couldn't abide the system anymore. I've always stated that system doesn't matter...and with a good group of players, a good GM, and a good setting I still believe that; to an extent. However, at a certain point, any class based system will put the cuffs on what you as a GM (or as a player, I'm sure) are trying to do.
I've found myself constantly doing something like this; "I'm going to do X...but X doesn't do Y. Hmmm. Well if I replace this with that, then X becomes about 15% of the Y I was looking for. Now I just have to add Z and I'm good. Hmm...Z cancells out part of X. Now I'm at about 60% of what I want. And then I have to remove anything that relies on the parts of Y I'm not using. Okay...now I'm almost there."
All of a sudden it's three hours later and I've barely come close. And I'm out of time to plan.
As many others have said before, that's the nature of the beast. In fact, I myself have often made the case that with a creative enough GM and the will to change what doesn't suit you one can make the d20 system do whatever you want. I never cared about the time...I never cared about the effort. That was part of what I enjoyed. Making the system do what I wanted to.
Isn't it easier though to use what suits you, rather than remove what doesn't?
I realize now how much time I've spent with my paring knife forceing an unweildy beast to do what I want it to. What a colossal waste of time!
The real clincher for me to walk away from it was when I started to think what it would be like to convert my world to another rules system. I've always stated that system doesn't matter, and the fact that I've converted my setting through three different rules systems before converting it to d20 was my main ammo in that arguement. However, while thinking about converting to something else I realized that d20 is a virus. It's completely infiltrated my setting to the point where it's become some kind of evil construct whose CR is far beyond my abilities to defeat. LOL. It was just a thought excercise...I never intended to convert away from d20 to begin with.
Now I see that I can't. It's completely invaded my setting. It pervades everything. I never wanted that. It's like the techno-organic virus from Marvel comics. It self replicates and homogenizes everything.
More and more, ideas that I would come up with would become a ridiculous battle against what was written and what I wanted.
So I started reading GURPS, and now I'm developing a new setting that is what I *want* instead of what I made do with (or wrestled forth at great effort).
Commence with the "I told you so's". I deserve it.