I admire, and am envious of, the success of James Raggi. His Lamentations of the Flame Princess is ‘just’ a D&D retro-clone, but he has made it phenomenally successful, purely on the basis of presentation, creativity, thematics, mood, marketing and investing in the art.
The fixation on a single game is also something I find amazing. I always flit from one idea and one game to another. To devote so much time and effort to a single game, and support for it, is an ‘outside context problem’.
Raggi also has the same ‘fuck you’ attitude to people who have issues with what he does, seemingly giving even less of a shit than I do that anyone’s offended or upset. He’s also unafraid to work with people who feel the same. The criticism at least seems to affect him less as well.
All of this, at least to me, is admirable. Even if I’ve never been a particular D&D fan.
How tax and tribute is collected will differ from land to land, but most systems will collect their tithes after the harvest season, monetary and other tribute being a substitute for earlier tribute in the form of grain, rice or other foodstuffs. In the monarchies this will take the form of wandering tax collectors under heavily armed guard – but still a favoured target of bandits, robbers, rebels and other ne’er do wells. Within the cities such efforts aren’t needed, and a tax collector can make their rounds with only a bodyguard or two…
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