Despite the potentially inflammatory title, I think this guy has a few good points, notably the Scooby Gang mentality.
However, I strongly disagree with him about the characterization of the B-Team*. No one can be 100% about Grand Heroic Deeds 100% of the time. Once in awhile, the Hero (or Heroes) are going to come home from killing the latest World-Destroying Threat and find the fridge is empty because they were too busy to go grocery shopping. And now they’re stuck with wondering what to make for dinner. It’s little things like that that humanizes a character because it’s a moment we ordinary people can relate to on an everyday basis.
So, yes, it’s okay that Rox can angst about her choices. Yes, it’s okay to touch on Kasmeer and Marjory and their relationship with one another. Yes, it’s okay to have Braham worry about working with his mother, Eir. Without these things, they’re nothing. And all of us can probably think of real life comparable examples from personal experience.
Hey, at least Shriketalon’s complaints aren’t “Women are gross” which is a nice change from the usual shit on the official forums. His points may be worth a read, even if one does not agree with them.
* I maintain my opinion that “biconics” is a horrible and clumsy portmanteau, and prefer to refer to them as the B-Team, with Logan, Rytlock, et al as the A-Team.
Yeah, I agree with their take on how cool it would be to see other characters in the spotlight (it’s one of the reasons I’m glad Trahearne is coming back), but a lot of it is pretty subjective. The author may not feel attached to the Gang, but I like having a group of people around who are basically just there because friends. Exactly 0% of my characters would give a crap that they’re “slumming it” with people lower on the Adventurer Hierarchy than them, and most of them would feel more comfortable watching Taimi put together stuff or listening to Rox chat than they would being Big Important Friends with Bigger More Important People. Hell, in the last chapter, half the time someone referred to Ezra as being “friends” with Rytlock or whoever, I was like, “Yeah, not really.”
I do think we need to see some focus on characters who are outside of our little group, but the B-Iconics are probably the best possible implementation of what a crapton of people asked for, which is supporting characters who think the sun rises and sets on the PC. Hopefully they can let us hang out with some other characters eventually, especially since meeting new people is part of the fun of exploration.
I thought Anet was going more in the suggestion you gave with the Super Adventure Box; that update had its own set of characters and story that wasn’t intertwined with the main LS. It was a fun break between the heavier bits of the story at the time.
I’d love to have more “side stories” like that, updates that expand the world a bit. I can’t help but think of Hildebrand in FFXIV. He’s a fun, silly character, and since he’s a detective, he’s naturally dealing with other characters (a lot of whom are already NPCs you’ve dealt with) it fleshes out the world a LOT.
I hope Anet can find a balance between giving our characters credit and interesting characters to hang around in the future.