Ryan Dancey Fan Thread


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I don't know how I overlooked it, but Ryan D. is going to be around throughout RPGSS'11 as a judge. This looks like the perfect opportunity for unabashed fan-boyism! Thread initiated.


<random fanboi squee>

"There's an Erik Mona Day. There's a Dave Arneson Day. There's a Gary Gygax Day. Obviously, Mr. Dancey should have his day!"

</random fanboi squee>

In all seriousness ... a lot of people may not be as familiar with him as they would the others mentioned above. But we would not have Pathfinder today if it weren't for him. Or a whole bunch of 3.x / OGL goodies, for that matter.


I like the way he types "Keep"


Urizen wrote:

<random fanboi squee>

"There's an Erik Mona Day. There's a Dave Arneson Day. There's a Gary Gygax Day. Obviously, Mr. Dancey should have his day!"

</random fanboi squee>

In all seriousness ... a lot of people may not be as familiar with him as they would the others mentioned above. But we would not have Pathfinder today if it weren't for him. Or a whole bunch of 3.x / OGL goodies, for that matter.

Nor would the OSR people have their playgr-, ur, sandbox.

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Some of us Living City veterans however, still wince at the name. I don't dislike the guy personally but he made a series of major misjudgements that destroyed a much beloved campaign. But I'm also going to allow that WOTC may deserve a good share of the blame.

I do recognise the importance of his contributions to gaming in general, I just wish he'd never touched Raven's Bluff.

Scarab Sages

Who?

The Exchange

Aberzombie wrote:
Who?

I agree, whom is this person?

Grand Lodge

Everyone hates Amberzombie -- just ignore him.

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Another vote for Ryan Dancey Day (and one for Monte Cook).

The Exchange

W E Ray wrote:

Everyone hates Amberzombie -- just ignore him.

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Another vote for Ryan Dancey Day (and one for Monte Cook).

Does a zombie in Amber survive until chiseled out?


Pathfinder Companion, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Yea thanks Mr. Dancey, without you there wouldn't be Pathfinder!

Scarab Sages

Crimson Jester wrote:
Aberzombie wrote:
Who?
I agree, whom is this person?

Oh sure, make it a link that I can't get to from work. Damn you!

shakes fist

Grand Lodge

Actually the link isn't really indicative of Dancey's import. His Pen-and-Paper credits don't seem much.

.... I thought you were asking "tongue in cheek" Who's Dancey -- MY BAD. Sorry, mate.

Dancey is the guy who was "boss" and promoted the creation of the OGL -- I'm pretty sure he's also the author of the OGL.

He was also the boss of Monte Cook & Skip Williams for the creation of the D20 System.

He was also boss during the delicate transition between 2E and 3E, the advent of the D20 System.

He was also there at the Creation of the Universe.

He's also your real father -- from back when he was a mailman.


OGL-4-LIFE!!!!

Scarab Sages

W E Ray wrote:
He's also your real father -- from back when he was a mailman.

That's not true! That's impossible!

Besides, everybody knows that I was found under a rock by gypsies, then sold to the people who claim to be my parents.

Dark Archive Bella Sara Charter Superscriber

Who!?!?!

WHO?!?!?!?!

Ryan Dancey = father of the OGL, and, from what I understand, one of the most significant contributors to the existence of 3e. He's the one who changed the business model of D&D/TSR from "let's just release stuff at random" to "let's release stuff our customers actually like and buy."

Edit: I like WE Ray's response better.


Aberzombie wrote:
W E Ray wrote:
He's also your real father -- from back when he was a mailman.

That's not true! That's impossible!

Besides, everybody knows that I was found under a rock by gypsies, then sold to the people who claim to be my parents.

Search your feelings. You know it is true that he was the highest bidder for you until your parents z-bay sniped him at the last second

Scarab Sages

Sebastian wrote:

Who!?!?!

WHO?!?!?!?!

Ryan Dancey = father of the OGL, and, from what I understand, one of the most significant contributors to the existence of 3e. He's the one who changed the business model of D&D/TSR from "let's just release stuff at random" to "let's release stuff our customers actually like and buy."

Edit: I like WE Ray's response better.

What can I say. I had been kind of out of D&D for awhile when 3E came out, and didn't really care who was responsible for it, just that it existed.

Dark Archive Bella Sara Charter Superscriber

Aberzombie wrote:
Sebastian wrote:

Who!?!?!

WHO?!?!?!?!

Ryan Dancey = father of the OGL, and, from what I understand, one of the most significant contributors to the existence of 3e. He's the one who changed the business model of D&D/TSR from "let's just release stuff at random" to "let's release stuff our customers actually like and buy."

Edit: I like WE Ray's response better.

What can I say. I had been kind of out of D&D for awhile when 3E came out, and didn't really care who was responsible for it, just that it existed.

Still, you are dead to me.

Oh wait...you were already dead to everyone...

Scarab Sages

Sebastian wrote:
Aberzombie wrote:
Sebastian wrote:

Who!?!?!

WHO?!?!?!?!

Ryan Dancey = father of the OGL, and, from what I understand, one of the most significant contributors to the existence of 3e. He's the one who changed the business model of D&D/TSR from "let's just release stuff at random" to "let's release stuff our customers actually like and buy."

Edit: I like WE Ray's response better.

What can I say. I had been kind of out of D&D for awhile when 3E came out, and didn't really care who was responsible for it, just that it existed.

Still, you are dead to me.

Oh wait...you were already dead to everyone...

But only mostly dead. And mostly dead also means slightly not-alive.

Grand Lodge

If you're interested, AmberZombie, my firend Miracle Max has a pill for that.

Grand Lodge

*(Okay, sorry, that last post was just lame.)

The Exchange

Is it weird I just never heard his name before?

Grand Lodge

It figures, Jester, being as all the folks who support the Taldor Faction in The Society are always a bit behind in everything.

The Exchange

W E Ray wrote:
It figures, Jester, being as all the folks who support the Taldor Faction in The Society are always a bit behind in everything.

we prefer BEST to first any day.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Ryan just posted a good bio at the start of the first installment of his new monthly column at ENworld.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Pual wrote:
I like the way he types "Keep"

See, now that's just proof of his mastery. He made you believe that he took the effort to type all four characters of that word each time, but the truth is that he was merely pasting it in, saving valuable keystrokes. Who else could pull that off like Dancey?


Vic Wertz wrote:
Pual wrote:
I like the way he types "Keep"
See, now that's just proof of his mastery. He made you believe that he took the effort to type all four characters of that word each time, but the truth is that he was merely pasting it in, saving valuable keystrokes. Who else could pull that off like Dancey?

What a guy


Geez. I thought I (virtually) knew the people with whom I (virtually) hang out. Yeah, Vic, Dancey's reactivation at ENWorld has the blogosphere abuzz. I think "Hold me closer Tiny Dancey" may have been my favorite. Not to be weird or anything in a fan thread. No sirree Bob.

Dark Archive

Vic Wertz wrote:
Ryan just posted a good bio at the start of the first installment of his new monthly column at ENworld.

Yeah i was about to point that out myself. I found it a interesting read.


Keep.


..the thread going? ..the love coming?


on the Borderlands...c'mon man.

Dark Archive

I'm a big admirer of Mr. Dancey.

Scarab Sages

Vic Wertz wrote:
Ryan just posted a good bio at the start of the first installment of his new monthly column at ENworld.

Enworld?

Spoiler:
Just kidding this time.


Guy went seriously off the deep end after he left WotC. I guess he's a judge now? I dunno, seems a bit off for someone who was claiming the entire tabletop industry was dying. I forget if this was before or after the huge GAMA problems in which he very immorally and illegally tapped into other people's emails and abused his position as treasurer while trying to be elected in.

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber
ProfessorCirno wrote:
Guy went seriously off the deep end after he left WotC. I guess he's a judge now? I dunno, seems a bit off for someone who was claiming the entire tabletop industry was dying. I forget if this was before or after the huge GAMA problems in which he very immorally and illegally tapped into other people's emails and abused his position as treasurer while trying to be elected in.

The Destruction of Living City didn't endear him to a lot of folks either.


If people are unaware of the insightful analyses that Mr. Dancey has made of gaming and the industry over the years, it's worth doing an internet search to read them and to listen to some of the substantial interviews he has given. I recommend them.

The Exchange

Aberzombie wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:
Ryan just posted a good bio at the start of the first installment of his new monthly column at ENworld.

Enworld?

** spoiler omitted **

Spoiler:
Smurf

Ryan Dancey on the GAMA resignation

Sorry....I'm just really not getting a real Kizery Sozayesque vibe from the guy. More like a "people tend to randomly run their yaps on the interwebz about possibly decent people they don't know, involved in situations they can't even fathom due to utter lack of firsthand knowledge, to throw them under buses and lulz about it" vibe on this one.


Fan girl national anthem: SQUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUEEEEEEE!


Urizen wrote:
In all seriousness ... a lot of people may not be as familiar with him as they would the others mentioned above. But we would not have Pathfinder today if it weren't for him. Or a whole bunch of 3.x / OGL goodies, for that matter.

Sadly, Urizen, you seem to have been right. I kind of want to see Ryan Dancey go all Daniel Plainview on them. "Folks, I like to think of myself as Gameman. So, I'm going to be Open with you about my designs."

Until we have The Most Dangerous Day in Gaming, the masses will remain ignorant.

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