Hi all, and welcome to Rule Zero (or whatever we’re going to wind up calling this thing)! You’ll notice the site is in the neonatal stage atm. But you’re not here for pretty graphics – you’re here for nerd content, so let’s deliver that right away.
I’m Matt, and Jason and I will get to our introductions, philosophies, and backgrounds soon enough – but I want to get this out in the wild, while people are still talking about it.
Fortune Cards are optional.
Essentials are optional – if you don’t want to use them in your game, don’t.
Errata is optional – if you don’t want to take the time to update your books, you don’t have to.
These are fallacies – and they’re often repeated.
I mean, they’re true statements in the way that everything is optional. If you want to outlaw drow PCs in your game (and you should) – that’s an option. If you don’t like tabletop gaming – you have the option of going outside to play kickball. If your DM is a jerk, you have the option of throwing a tantrum and storming away from the table.
Everything is optional.
However, if you want to play in organized play, you have to make concessions. Me? I play LFR and Encounters more than anything, and in these campaigns you agree to make certain concessions for the overall game world. Personally, I don’t think warforged PCs should be in LFR (sorry Anthony) – but I deal, because that’s the how the campaign is. I think it’s wrong that only the Heroes of… books are allowed in Encounters, but that’s WotC’s rule.
You know what else is WotC’s rule? Fortune cards are legal. When I’m DMing LFR or Encounters next season, I’ll have to take it and like it when a player puts down a fortune card. Yes, I can DM-Empower myself to do whatever… but the players that show up are trusting the DM to adhere to the codified rules. I have an issue breaking that trust.
So please – stop it. They’re only optional as much as every other houserule is optional.
There ya go, first post on yet another D&D blog. Jason and I are going to introduce ourselves to you soon. In the meantime, feel free to join the discussion – tell your friends, or just ignore us altogether.