Kurt Wiegel rants on …

… and it’s not pretty. I still don’t understand why he is doing this. I had a lot respect for him in the past but his D&D 4th Edition “review” is one of the worst rants I have listened to in a long time. And part 2 isn’t any better than part 1.

I hope he will get back to his regular policy and review only games he likes. His rants are not really worth watching.

Michael Wolf is a German games designer and enthusiast best known for his English language role-playing games blog, Stargazer's World, and for creating the free rules-light medieval fantasy adventure game Warrior, Rogue & Mage. He has also worked as an English translator on the German-language Dungeonslayers role-playing game and was part of its editorial team. In addition to his work on Warrior, Rogue & Mage and Dungeonslayers, he has created several self-published games and also performed layout services and published other independent role-playing games such as A Wanderer's Romance, Badass, and the Wyrm System derivative Resolute, Adventurer & Genius, all released through his imprint Stargazer Games. Professionally, he works as a video technician and information technologies specialist. Stargazer's World was started by Michael in August 2008.

14 thoughts on “Kurt Wiegel rants on …”

  1. Ugh. That was horrible. Just plain ridiculous. Is he ranting just because people want to see how well he can rant? The fact that his 'negative/bad' review is so utterly bias and filled with so much generalizations, makes me wonder how objective his positive reviews are.

    I don't think I want to listen to anymore of his reviews again. This really left a bad taste in my mouth.

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  2. He was only doing this because he had so many people constantly asking him to flame something, he's not going to carry on like this in his later reviews. I quite enjoyed this review, and he didn't exactly rip it apart like other reviewers may have done.

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    1. I beg to differ. He was ripping D&D 4th edition a new one and it was not what I would consider a review, BUT I think it was this bad partly because he wanted it to be exactly that way, so that people stop asking him for bad reviews. That's at least what I hope.

      I enjoyed his other reviews very much and I will continue to watch them when he returns to his usual format.

  3. *facepalm*

    Not that I expected much after the first part of his rant (for a review, even a negative one, you'd need a lot more substance than what he delivers), but this…? This is even worse than his 'I don't get Burning Empires' episode.

  4. Well…. that wasn't so bad 😀

    Folks wanted a negative review, and they got it. He is echoing criticisms that have been voiced about 4e before (and I don't doubt will again), and they're no less valid for being emotively conveyed. Wizards have done a pretty good job of splitting the fanbase down the middle with this edition of D&D.

    Pretty much what happened with the release of Third Edition too, thinking about it.

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  5. I don't actually play 4e so I have no real opinions on it. The only thing I can say is that he needs to go to rant school. A rant should be either over the top vitriolic or funny (I refer you to the doctor himself Hunter S. Thompson the king of gonzo and rants; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunter_S._Thompson)a… he was neither, and that's disappointing. There was nothing said here that was in any way different from the other negative reviews of 4e.

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  6. Sounds like a verbalization of the rants I've read in the WoTC general forums; I always assumed they were kids.

  7. While I admit that I have come to like 4e, I can definitely say I don't completely disagree with Kurt or anyone else in regards to the things they don't like about it. I still consider going back to 3.5 and am looking forward to Pathfinder. 4e is a good system, but it definitely isn't for everyone and it definitely isn't the best version of D&D that will ever exist. Then again neither was 3e/3.5. Every system has fans and haters, it just becomes a little more noticeable when it is a big name like D&D.

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  8. I appreciate you you showing this review with your own comments. I really like hearing both sides of a debate. I am very new to D&D. I am actually writing on my blog about my journey to not only learn the game for the firs time, but to also DM it for my friends.

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  9. I realize that I'm probably going to get flamed for this, but I have to say it:

    Did he come up with these opinions himself, or did he just take the opinions ("cull" might be a good word) straight from the internet?

    1. Keep it civil, please. You may disagree with him but that doesn't make him an idiot. It was not a good review (his other reviews are much bettrer) but that doesn't justify name-calling.

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