As usual, the recent regularity of blog posts means that a lot of it is me sifting through old drafts, so the references aren’t exactly timely. Also, as usual, this isn’t really a critique of what JB wrote as much as the thoughts I had reading his comments.
[...] the fact of the matter is a player wants to play a magic-user because he or she wants to USE MAGIC.
Actually, I don’t play a mage to use magic. I don’t play a fighter to fight. Instead, those class names describe what I fall back on when my brain fails me.