Okay, this is breaking now, but I’ll go ahead and answer some of it here.
I’m curious whether others accept his assessment that ultimately Le Guin has little to offer to gamers.
I don’t make that assertion. What I do say is that Earthsea really doesn’t fit in with the Appendix N books, Gary Gygax would not care for the hero any more than he did Gandalf, and people that want to replace Lord Dunsany with Le Guinn do not really have a sense of what the Appendix N list is all about.
From when Jeffro writes of the Earhsea books with:
…defeating Lovecraftian terrors with the power of friendship
it is clear he doesn’t understand the world Le Guin created at all. Any DM worth a damn could turn The Tombs of Atuan into an epic game easily.
It is true the Earhsea books aren’t typical Sword and Scorery but that is a point in their favour since mostly S&S was relegated to forgettable pulp magazines and it took someone like Moorcock to pull something interesting from the genre.
Yes, a good DM will know what to do to turn Le Guinn’s second Earthsea book into an awesome adventure. But a mediocre DM will have less work translating Leigh Brackett to the tabletop. The reason for the difference is that one was a major influence on the formation of D&D and the other wasn’t.
And as for the remark about “forgettable pulp magazines”, I have answered that sort of thing a few times:
Please continue in that vein as you are making my point for me.
Next up, Ed:
Sadly, for people like Jeffro, the basic tenet of political correctness (try to treat everybody with a modicum of respect) is just too high a hurdle to get over.
So we have to put up with their incessant whining instead.
That’s a lie followed by projection. Too bad he didn’t double down.
As a Millennial, I love it when yet another not-Millennial writes something about how all Millennials suck. Really. I’m so interested in reading about how Millennials don’t live up to previous generations, and are also a homogenous mass. It never gets old.
I’ll do more productive engagement later, but goddamn am I tired of reading that sort of crap.
Get off my lawn, Meredith!
And Johan P:
Also, I think his classic “why don’t people read the classics?”-harangue is a bit weird coming from someone who’s written a long series of posts based on the concept “I haven’t read any of these classic works until now.”
“Shut up”, he replied.
If Jeffro thinks UKL offers nothing to gamers then he’s an eejit, but then again, he seems to think that someone’s trying to ban him from reading older books, which is a sign of an eejit.
Well if you’d read my piece, you’d know that I recommended the first Earthsea book for people that want inspiration for running “talking with dragons” sequences.
I’m sure it’s very nice that Jeffro Johnson is enjoying the SF of the 1960s and 1970s… I remember enjoying it myself, and a fair amount of it does still stand re-reading.
Thing is, though, I read last century’s SF… well… last century, and now, selfish lout that I am, I would like to read new stories. Different stories. Maybe, even…diverse stories, by new writers with different perspectives and different literary cultures from the ones I’ve seen before.
So you’ve moved on from the classics and now want something “diverse” to replace them…?. Say… you’re not gonna try to ban me from reading older books are you…? Because I would like to read old stories. Different stories. Maybe even… politically incorrect stories, by grandmaster authors with different perspectives and different literary cultures from the ones I’ve seen before.
When you take away the raging at straw liberals who want to burn all books that don’t contain perfect female multi-racial characters, there isn’t much left of Correia or Johnson.
If you think someone’s trying to ban you from reading newer books, you are some kind of “eejit” or something.
That’s all for now. Stay tuned!