Al over at Beyond the Black Gate has posted a link to a very interesting letter written by Howard Thompson of Metagaming. I've reproduced it below:
The letter is interesting for numerous reasons, chief among them being Thompson's comments about the rules of The Fantasy Trip and, by extension, his thoughts about rules complexity generally. Unsurprisingly, I rather agree with Thompson's points and it's telling that, as early as 1980, the date of this letter, there was already a growing sense that RPGs were getting needlessly complex -- "longer instead of better" in Thompson's words. That's a problem that continues to this day and about which I'll have more to say in an upcoming post.