So by no means do I fancy The Fantasy Cartographic anything more than a hobbyist venture. As much as I would love to devote more time to my little rpg publishing experiment, family and career ensure that it will remain something to do on the side, something that, since I began, has made me only enough money to basically partake of this hobby for free. For the foreseeable future, that will remain the case.
With that being said, I was over at RPGNow.com the other day, and I ran across this. For those of you who choose not to click, the link leads to a product page at RPGNow for a Pathfinder rpg supplement detailing a new character class called 'The Martialist Base Class' from a company called Little Red Goblin Games.
This caused me to raise my eyebrows a little bit, as I put out a product back in the summer of 2009 for 4E (which I realize most readers around here do not play) called Fantasy Class: Martialist and, before that, a free preview, called Fantasy Class Preview: The Martialist Heroic. I was extremely proud of these products; not only do I believe that they are visually on par with a lot of the 'professional' products being produced, it was the one product to this day that I had an art budget for. (For the record, I highly recommend VShane for your illustration needs.)
The Martialist class that I had developed was an unarmed fighter that was not a monk. There is no mysticism or Eastern philosophy in its conception.
Anyway, I know that 'martialist' is not a common title. Frankly, if the nice people at Little Red Goblin Games had read some of the reviews of my product, they might have chosen a different name for the class, as it wasn't much appreciated. But what is the chance that those little goblins came up with the name on their own and also attached it to an unarmed combatant class?
So the questions are this: Is there anything to do? Should I just let it go? Am I being a buffoon for even getting upset about this?
I think that the answers to these questions may be 'No', 'Yes', and 'Possibly', but I'm interested in hearing what others think.