So, as people adjust to a new edition of the game, we’re seeing a ton of players who initially were stopped playing with the new edition coming back. As they do, I hear over and over, that it took them a bit to realize that their reaction was very emotional, that the changes that took place weren’t personal, that I wasn’t making decisions with the intention of taking away the game they enjoyed. That I wasn’t specifically disregarding their feedback in beta because I was set on ruining their fun. That I wasn’t coming to their house and stomping on their minis. Once they got past these emotions, they could look at a new edition clearer, and for the most part I hear that the realization is that they REALLY enjoy the new edition.
Well, to those people, I say – How wrong you are!! It WAS personal!!!!
My master plan did, in fact, come in 3 (evil) phases.
Phase 1: Taking away the best miniature game ever, from YOU. (And dear reader, I mean specifically you. All those times you think a blog post might be talking about you, but then you realize it’s probably not, well, this one IS about you, specifically, so don’t question that. You. *two fingers at my eyes, then pointing at you, then back at my eyes, then back at you*)
The goal of phase one was to take everything you (you specifically) love about miniature gaming, turn it upside down, pervert it, and then once you were left grasping for any shred of it to hold on to…then completely take it away…laughing the whole time. And no, I’m never giving it back. Even though everyone knew the last edition was near perfect and all a new edition needed was some slight rewording, I did this anyway.
Oh, I’m going to SAY that I was working to make a better game, and that my goal was to create a cleaner, more accessible game which can grow the community. And even though that’s what happened, I’m just saying that because then the sting of taking your game away from you hurts that much more, because you now obviously can’t be a part of it.
There is no other way to understand why I made the changes I did in the new edition, I know, so why should I try to hide what I did (to you)?
Phase 2: Pretend to listen to your feedback, but really disregard it, while laughing at your crushed hopes.
In playtest, the goal of the open beta was to take EVERYONES feedback, and incorporate ALL of it, so that we could make a game that everyone was happy with and everyone felt connected to. And of course that’s what we did. We took EVERY comment posted, and did what was suggested, word for word…except yours.
That’s right, In order to make you feel even more insulted and cut off from the process, I made sure that every other persons feedback got included, all of it, every last bit. No we were’t looking for trends, or taking an aggregate of feedback and making changes based on that, no! All feedback was incorporated. Word. For. Word. That way, when the feedback you posted didn’t get incorporated exactly how you intended (even if your intention were a bit vague and/or incomplete in your posts), you would feel that sting. In fact, in the process of incorporating every bit of feedback received, I saw yours, and say to the dev team “lets just do the exact opposite of what this guy posted, just because.” I did it, you can ask them.
Phase 3: Going to your house and stomping on your minis. (incomplete)
Yes, phase 3 hasn’t happened yet, just because I haven’t had the time with all the work that’s gone into the first 2 phases so far. But don’t worry, I’ve got my bags packed and my steel-soled shoes on (damn minis can be pointy!). I certainly can’t skip this phase because if you have minis left, and it seems you’ve managed, despite all odds to overcome the pain from the first 2 phases and find a way to miniature game again and enjoy the new edition. That can’t stand!
It would be helpful if you could lay them all out on the floor for me though, I’d really appreciate that, it’ll save us all time. I’m sure I’ll be there soon!
Maybe, just maybe, once I complete phase 3 of my plan, even though you thought you’d come to peace with a new edition and realized you really do actually enjoy it, overcoming the first two phases of my plan, it will be the final straw, and you will realize you can’t actually like a new edition of the game, and that you will understand that in the end, everything done, was done to personally hurt you. Ok? got it? good! 😀
PS. When you (yes you) comment on this post, could you make sure your writing is tear stained? That would really help. Thanks 🙂
PPS. I actually really appreciate hearing the feedback from the people who have come back around and despite the emotions they felt about the new edition, come to terms with that, and been able to overcome those initial feelings and given the new edition a fresh look. And yes, if you fall into that category, I am actually talking to you! I’m impressed by your behavior, I’m not even sure I’d big enough to get over that emotional hump if it hit me that hard. So for all the people who have come back, I’m so glad to have you back enjoying this game I, and everyone else involved, has worked so hard on for so long. I promise not to stomp on your miniatures!
PPPS. I enjoy sarcasm and satire…if you couldn’t pick up on that 😉
PPPPS. No, this post wasn’t really about you (except the PPS), so if you’re to this point, and convinced it WAS about you…sorry, it’s not. You know who you are. (now I AM really talking directly to you)
PPPPPS. (no I’m not.)