The new World of Darkness is digital

September 27, 2010 at 6:38 pm
filed under Roleplaying

Before I get into anything else, I saw that Chuck Wendig had posted some goodness up on his blog about the World of Darkness MMO, specifically in relation to Masquerade and Requiem. Sorry I don’t have much to say about it, though; I largely agree with the sentiment. I do think that the new World of Darkness is a better roleplaying game. (Oh god please don’t shoot me. I don’t want to fight Edition Wars.) I had a big, long discussion about this with the girlfriend fiancee about why, and maybe I’ll find some way to write it up.

Now then: the second part.

Did I call it? Kinda.

I’ve been kicking this around for some time. How do I write about this? I have no idea. My blogging’s been so spotty lately, sure. But chiefly I feel like I talked about it already, back in April.

There’s not much to say: I saw the back of World of Darkness Mirrors, and thought it read an awful lot like a farewell. You know the sort: now that we’re nearly finished, here are ways to shake it up, some theory behind why we did it, and so on. I put the book down for a few weeks.

Turns out I was right. I flipped through it again and noticed an Afterword. It’s for real: they’re going digital only.

I shouldn’t act so surprised, surely. They’ve been working on the MMO, and it seems an awful lot like they don’t have most of the core WW employees working on books. I do not mean to say I perceive a decrease in quality. I don’t. But the schedule has obviously slowed.

I can’t say I called it, precisely, because I didn’t predict what should’ve been obvious: rather than closing up shop, going digital-only solves a lot of problems, if it doesn’t reduce some costs.

Where do we go from here?

Then again, I hear the old World of Darkness books will be available as print-on-demand. Could that mean the entire catalog is available via PoD? My FLGS did have a PoD Exalted supplement at one point, and it seemed good enough for my purposes.

I speculate because, well, PDFs aren’t my favorite. I love books. This will mark me as old school if it doesn’t already. I don’t take any particular Luddite pride in it— I’m pretty thoroughly enmeshed in the world of computing in any case— nor am I particularly ashamed. Some of it is practical: I don’t enjoy reading books on computers, and even then, some computers appear to struggle to handle PDFs. Case in point: I did recently acquire a device that is ostensibly capable of reading PDFs. The jury’s still out on precisely how viable that is. As with my gaming rig, it appears to struggle with PDFs with a lot of art, but it’s fine when it comes to text. Clearly this warrants in-depth, exhaustive research! But in the meantime, I love visiting my FLGS, shootin’ the shit, and coming home with a physical product.

Ultimately I do have to resist the temptation to go on DriveThruRPG and buy up all the PDFs I don’t own. Most everything is cheap enough compared to real books that for the price of a couple of hardbacks, I can get most of the WoD digital catalog. And there’s more to come, albeit no faster than before (grumble, grumble).

Baba Yetu

That’s all I’ve got for now. I’ve got some things to take care of. You see, there’s a gluttonous game that’s greedily devouring all of my time. It begins with a “C” and ends with an “ivilization V.” I have to stop it. And the best way I can figure to do that is to take just one more turn. Just one more! Then I’ll have enough units to make Montezuma pay, and I can get his Incense, which works with my Monasteries to increase culture! A few turns after that, I’ll be able to get another Policy.

Oh dear. No, listen, I can stop when I want to. I just don’t want to. Not yet. Just one more turn! One more turn.

  • Kensan_Oni

    Okay. I’ll admit the mechanics for nWOD are hands down better then the previous set. I have no problems admitting that. I’m not convinced it’s a better setting (I like Punk games, and was disappointed when they really laid heavy the horror elements), but I’d be interested in hearing why you think they are better.

  • Matthew

    Well, without even going into detail or comparison, I can see one reason why our preferences differ: I prefer horror over punk, myself. :) I could go into depth about it, but some of it is that the old World of Darkness was a form of political commentary that feels very dated to me now.

    I would also borrow Chuck Wendig’s distinction between setting and the overall roleplaying game. He says that the old World of Darkness was a better setting, but the new World of Darkness was a better roleplaying game. That’s a way to express what I was trying to get across when talking about the WoD MMO.

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