ghendar wrote:Are you aware of how popular D&D was in the early 80s? WotC didn't have only magic wand that made the brand big. D&D reached a huge audience before Wizard of the Coast even existed. Had Gary not been forced out and the company not been in the dire financial that followed, then who knows what would have happened. I think it's reasonable to assume that Gary's vision of D&D would not have been what WotC created but that doesn't necessarily mean it wouldn't have been good.
I think that the further we go, in time, after the point where Gary Gygax got ambushed, the harder and harder it is to make any sort of accurate preditions.
In the near period, we can go on the existing 1e product line, and any interviews that Gary Gygax made, but TSR did listen to customers, and change it's plans over time. So without having the next wave of hypothetical Gygax-led D&D products, we can't really tell which exact products would have sold best.
If we can't be totally sure if something like Spelljammer would have existed, then 3e things, like Ghostwalk and Eberron are almost impossible to predict.
I can't imagine us having 3rd Edition AD&D, 4th Edition AD&D and 5th Edition AD&D with Gary Gygax keeping Greyhawk as some sort of time-capsule. He would have done some evolutionary and some revolutionary stuff.
I think that some people would be complaining about some 2e Gygax AD&D product, 3e Gygax products and/or 4e Gygax products "not being as good as his old stuff". And I think that other people would be claiming that every new edition of AD&D was better than Gygax's last version. I know that some of the talk we have had, about different editions and settings, has been related to changes in management, but some of it is down to the way that different products just capture the imagination of individual people.
I can imagine that, if Classic D&D had been kept active, there would also be people saying the same sort of thing about 3rd Edition BECMI or 4th Edition BECMI was better or worse that the original.
Gary isn't still with us, but maybe Frank could speculate on what sort of stuff he would have done if he had been asked to make a new wave of products to follow up his boxed sets and the Rules Cyclopedia
. I bet that Frank would be a lot better at guessing than most of us.