In retrospect, I suppose that wasn't the best "introductory" post, but I've been listening to the podcasts for so long now, I guess I didn't feel the need to introduce myself. My mistake.
To clarify, I'm not suggesting that characters be killed for being rude. I was startled by this particular podcast, though. Towards the end when guards surrounded the building where the characters discovered recent murders, demanding the characters surrender their weapons, the response from some was essentially "Shut up, I'm reading!". Right then and there, I felt the characters were getting off way too easily and perhaps that they are starting to feel safe, too safe.
But of course, like I said, this comes down to whatever gaming style the GM and the group prefers and if everyone is happy with it, it matters not one bit what anyone else thinks.
All IMO. Sorry if I ruffled any feathers...
As for my game of choice, yes, it is D&D. I'm an old git by now and have come full circle, it seems. I started with D&D (the red box) and AD&D back in the day, went through my "realistic" phase and tormented myself and my players with Chivalry & Sorcery and various other systems and homebrew rules, and now I'm back with D&D. I think the 4th Edition is an excellent update, even if this obviously isn't shared by everyone or indeed anyone here. Insert your snide comments here.
No feathers ruffled Everyone is entitled to opinion. In games like DnD I have no issue killing characters as that is the nature of the game. I always felt the RM was a little above just slaughtering the party every couple of fights and I like to keep things rolling forward.
I also hate it when the party dynamic changes every 5 minutes. It doesn't happen in novels so it shouldn't happen in gaming. We are here to tell a story right?
Welcome to the forums. We are all very accepting of different play styles and the like round here. We even have folks who love 4e getting on with folks who love ADnD and one red box (of which there is one on my shelf)
I think you will like the next planned project