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Lord Fyre wrote:Oh I don't disagree at all. I can acknowledge that its a noble and laudable goal while at the same time holding the position that its inappropriate to use their game as a platform to push a socially progressive agenda that is of dubious benefit to a small minority of its patronage, especially when considering that most people who engage in gaming do so with the understanding that its a safe haven from such socio-political heavy-handedness. That's my opinion but I'm not alone in it... and if that opinion happens to be a minority one, well then I'm confidant that in the interest of fairness, Paizo will champion me next, eh?Wiggz wrote:That's good. Suggesting that Paizo doesn't have an agenda because they can't be expected to come up with every random magic item and yet they DO manage to come up with this one - completely at random? I don't think so. You know how I know Paizo has an agenda on this issue? You know how I know its important to them? Because they've stated publicly that they do. Over and over again. If you want to make the argument that its a laudable agenda then that's something I can get behind, something I've even said myself more than once... but to argue that they don't have one at all?
There is a risk that they will get too far ahead of their audience though. You can hear the rumbling on these message boards.
In any case, see my above comment about this "Elixir of Sex Shift" being easy to abuse.
Actually, using their game to "push a socially progressive agenda" is (IMO) not a bad thing. Like any other form of entertainment, it can and (if handled carefully) should also spread ideas. (At its best Star Trek is a good example of this.)
The problem is that I feel that Paizo needs to throttle things back a bit - they are being too heavy-handed. If an agenda is pushed too hard, it can lose the very people who it needs to reach.
So, no, you are not alone in your impression. I see that my perception is (at least) parallel to yours.