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LOL WotC [gaming geekery]

D&D 4e, May 2008. The rumors were actually right this time.

Meh. I'll stick with my SWSE conversion. If 4e products are compatible with that, it'll be handy, but I don't foresee switching over any time soon.

-The Gneech

FOLLOWUP: Additional online features for a "nominal" fee. Yeeeeah. I'll be ignoring that completely, thanks much.


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Aug. 16th, 2007 01:28 pm (UTC)
Gawdz. I've never even played a tabletop 3.x game. :(

The last time I played, 3rd was still in the "Coming Soon!" stages...

Aug. 16th, 2007 01:49 pm (UTC)

It looks like they're gonna lean a lot harder on the online E-tools like things, from the sound of it. Except it'll probably be their own proprietary version, and the Cynical Bastard part of me says that there will probably be very basic free content, and a lot of Paid Extras. (all the good stuff)

On the plus side, they'll be showing it here in DC early next year, if we want to go and throw tomatoes at them.
Aug. 16th, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC)
I want to throw things harder than tomatoes at whoever killed my beloved magazines. ;P Beyond that, I'm just as happy to ignore 'em.

-The Gneech
Aug. 16th, 2007 02:24 pm (UTC)
The myriad references to "easier, more streamlined play" in 4.0 are setting off quite a few alarms with me. I'm hoping they manage to actually improve the parts that need work, but I can't help getting flashbacks to some of the other examples of "streamlining" I've seen. Mechwarrior: Dark Age replacing classic Battletech comes to mind. Granted, that is something of an extreme example, and I know WoTC wouldn't go anywhere near that far with D&D, but it still makes me a bit nervous.

Still, worst comes to worst, I just keep on running my games with 3.5 rules, anyway.
Aug. 16th, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC)
Well, the Star Wars Saga Edition is easier and more streamlined -- so it could be they're looking to that for inspiration.

Aug. 16th, 2007 08:51 pm (UTC)
yeah... i actually like the old hero system phase chart, which makes a lot of people's eyes cross just looking at it, so i'm probably not a good source on how much complexity is too much. :) but i consider the vastly expanded tactical options for fighters (with feats) one of 3rd edition's most dramatically positive innovations; and those certainly add complexity.
Aug. 16th, 2007 02:49 pm (UTC)

All my 3e and 3.5e books won't be useful anymore. Gah!

Aug. 16th, 2007 03:07 pm (UTC)
Well, they still work as long as you keep using them!

My 30-year old copy of Tunnels & Trolls is still useful!

-The Gneech
Aug. 16th, 2007 03:15 pm (UTC)
Hmmmmm, accodring to surveys it's been revealed that the average length of a D&D campaign is about 4 years. How long has it been since the 'vastly new & improved' 3.5 came out? Four years, you say? Gotta be a cooincidence...
Aug. 16th, 2007 03:53 pm (UTC)
but, but...I was happy with 3.5! -Frisk
Aug. 16th, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
Well, don't feel obliged to switch on my account! I'm currently planning to stick w/ 3.5 for D&D m'self.

Aug. 16th, 2007 11:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah, 3.5e is the shiznits!
Aug. 16th, 2007 07:34 pm (UTC)
I think my icon says it all. GAH!

I was pissed off with the appearance of 3.5 as it was because I think 3.5 was built to "appease everyone" and everyone knows you'll never be able to please everyone. 4.0? No thanks. x.x Almost makes me want to go back to the original AD&D and variations thereof circa 1986 or so.

I haven't played a game in ages... I really should start a new game up...

They should just stop trying to "improve" it and let the work speak for itself before it becomes even more of a joke.

Ageis J. Hyena, signing off, over and out.
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