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August 16th, 2007

LOL Gneech

This is a fun toy. It takes your LiveJournal subject lines and superimposes them over cat pictures. Sometimes they work quite well! I was particularly amused by "Where Have All the Joeys Gone?" superimposed over a cat with an empty food dish, and "She Who Must Be Obeyed" superimposed over a particularly ferocious-looking kitty.

-The Gneech

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.

More 4e Info [gaming geekery]

More info.

This new edition will stick with the d20 system, but the designers see many elements that can be improved. One big emphasis has been on streamlining turns to help the game get around the table a bit quicker; they know there’s nothing the rules can do to keep a party’s mage and barbarian from wasting 15 minutes screaming over tactics at the start of every combat, but at least they can get you out of grappling details a bit faster. And the mage and barbarian might get along a little better thanks to revamped spell recovery rules that won’t do away with the need to rest to replenish spells, but will give players more options to recover spells and in-game incentives to do something other than call nappy-time every two encounters.

In essence, what you’re going to see mechanically is the d20 system evolved: rebuilding the clunky parts, greasing the wheels and polishing the chrome until you can see your character in it. Part of that polishing includes ramping up the coolness factor on some of the less-popular character classes to make sure that every class has a unique and essential role in a well-balanced party; you might see some of the traditional classes fall out of the base book in favor of sexier roles. The same thing will happen to the races covered in the core books, where the half-demon tieflings will claim a place at the expense of an undisclosed race—we’re guessing a half-elf, gnome and halfling were shut up in a dark cave with some paring knives, and no questions were asked of whoever came out…heck, there might even be three new races in the new edition! Not to worry; Slavicsek promises that any beloved races cut from the core books will appear in early Fourth Edition expansions.

Not all of Fourth Edition’s changes will add to the game by subtraction; many rules tweaks they’ve experimented with in books all over Wizards’ RPGs will show up as well. For example, Slavicsek tells us that “The Tome of Battle: The Book of Nine Swords book, which gave fighter-type characters the same types of options spellcasters do by basically giving them spells for fighters,” was received very well. “That idea has been extremely popular, and we’re adopting something similar for Fourth Edition.”

Heh. :)

-TG

Time to Stop Reading About 4E

"D&D Insider provides its members with immediate access to Dragon Magazine and Dungeon Magazine"
--Bill Slavicsek


NO, it WON'T, because you guys KILLED Dragon Magazine and Dungeon Magazine.

What D&D Insider provides its members with is a PAY BY THE MONTH BLOG. It is NOT a magazine. It is NOT Dragon Magazine, it is NOT Dungeon Magazine, and it is NOT what I want!

*seethe seethe seethe*

Okay. Time to put this stuff away and not think about it any more tonight.

-The Gneech

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