“I can’t seem to find anywhere else to display my disgust. I have played D&D for over fifteen years. I love the game and have spent hundreds if not thousands of dollars on the books, miniatures and so on. I even went to see that horribly disappointing movie.
The worst blow to any true, hardcore fan is this 3rd Edition. Talk about dumbing down the best roleplaying game on the face of the earth. The powers that be have taken a game that built on people’s imaginations and made you work for your reward and turned it into an idiotic, child-like version of itself. You don’t work for your reward, the new spells and psionics are silly, the prestige class is a pathetic addition, and forcing the rest of the gaming world to change everything that they have learned for twenty to twenty-five years is just plain hell.
I have seen the rise of D&D and now, I’m sad to say, I have seen the beginning of the end. All of you have shot your foot and you don’t even know it. This is one devoted TSR fan and DM of thirty players that will not buy another product and does not allow any of this crud in the game. Until you start making products that reclaim the honor and glory, I say to all of you that will listen that this d20 system is the destroyer of the greatest game known to roleplaying, and those who use it are not true D&D players and masters.”
J Jackson, Kansas City, MO
Dragon magazine issue 293 dated March 2002
Reprinted here in full, and without comment. I’ll leave you guys to do that.