Reaction From Outside the Blogosphere - LotFP's Weird Fantasy is "D&D Porn"
Yesterday, at the Gathering of Fools, one of the gaming items I brought to give away was the extra copy of LotFP's Weird Fantasy Rules & Magic book. I got the extra copy as I preordered the Grindhouse Edition Boxed set.
The Tunnels & Trolls 7.5e Boxed set lasted mere seconds after hitting the table. Damn, but that was grabbed fast. Weird Fantasy was the second thing that grabbed attention. The questions started with "Why is there a Pilgrim on the cover of a D&D book?" but quickly turned to "Holy shit dude! Where did you get D&D porn? And why?"
That was the reaction of my old gaming group to the full page art plates in Weird Fantasy. Over the years, I've given out copies of C&C Player's Handbooks, Osric, Labyrinth Lord, Swords & Wizardry, Dark Dungeons and even had them fight it out as generic 1st level fighters for a copy of the Swords & Wizardry White Box. The above is a main listing, I've given away other odds and ends. One of my friends calls the collection that he has gained one of the coolest things he owns.
Never before has any one accused - maybe "accused" is too strong a term - let's say "voiced the opinion" that I brought over D&D Porn.
Heck, it's not that they were offended. Mildly disturbed perhaps, but none of us are prudes. Most of us are parents tho', and it never really occurred to me before that there might be products in my gaming collection that would be best stored out of the reach of children. I've been too close to the whole blogging / insiders view of our hobby that I failed to see the forest for the trees.
Now, the nudity that was in the earlier Deluxe Edition of Weird Fantasy was more "artsy" then "porn" in my opinion, as I sit here and compare the two. I think it is the erect penises and obvious sex act that puts the Grindhouse Edition over the edge. Well, at least that's what got the initial reaction from the guys yesterday. I found myself trying to defend the rules, not the art, but I shouldn't have had the need to do either.
In the end, it found itself a new home. Wall Street Wizard should find a lot of cool gaming ideas held within that book. He will need to keep it out of the reach of his curious young ones, which is a shame, as the book itself does not read of sex acts or anything else of the sort. A picture says a thousand words, so perhaps James felt the less actually said, the better. All i know is, if me and my fiancee decide to have children, I don't have all that much I will need to keep out of their hands, except the Weird Fantasy Grindhouse Edition Boxed Set, which is a shame. It didn't need to be that way, and as written it is a good system to introduce new gamers to the hobby. Just don't pass the rules on to any under the age of 18 ;)
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