Superfreak wrote:Monolith, as I clearly said, they didn't come out and let us know they were doing a third editionand ask for feedback but they nonetheless were interacting and watching us in ways where our feedback on 1e 2e and what we do in our games, the questions we were struggling with, etc influenced 3e. If one paid close attention to the board discussions and put two and two together, you can see the influences the community had and make good educated guesses about what drove other changes.
Eyeh, I guess I'd just argue that this falls under what belief you have in Intelligent Design, so to speak. You look at the results and see a guiding hand based on them listening to us. Others of us look at what happened with 3E and see a lack of following their own advice when it came to the confusing bits. And I suppose that, like Intelligent Design, a lot of it has to do with one's view of a benevolent Creator in the process (yes, the metaphor is a bit strained here given Intelligent Design is a matter of "Does the Creator exist?" rather than "Is He listening?", but you know what I mean). Looking at flaws such as the lack of addressing of the ambiguities that they'd already discover, you kind of have to fall into one of four camps:
1) They completely forgot to address these issues, just outright decided to ignore their own experience, the "Imperfect Creator" scenario.
2) There are hidden costs in modifying a few sentences to address the ambiguities that they're not sharing with us, the "Inscrutable Creator" scenario.
3) They decided that the best choice was to avoid clarifying the areas where people got confused because a sense of mystery is good, the "Trickster Creator" scenario.
4) They decided that they really didn't want us to have these clarifications because they're just mean like that, the "Malevolent Creator" scenario.
Personally, I'd go for number 1, but that's because I figure that the people of Green Ronin are mortal, but generally good people.
Ultimately, the choice between 2E and 3E is like choosing between using Windows 7 or Windows 8. There are people completely happy with how it was before. There are people who have to compulsively upgrade. And in the end, there will probably be a necessary switch due to lack of support. Most people just grumble at the unnecessary changes, figure they can't do anything about it, and try to figure out the lesser of two evils.