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A Return to Cautious Optimism on D&D Next

I picked up a D&D Next Starter Set and have only glanced through it so far, but I'm liking what I've seen. If this had been what 4E was like, the past five years of gaming history would be very different. There's an interesting summary of changes here, designed to acclimate 4E GMs to 5E, but the immediately obvious takeaway from it is "It's recognizably the d20 system again."

That said, for the moment at least I'm still good with Pathfinder and have no particular reason to jump. The real test will be what they do with electronic support, something WotC has been notoriously bad about. If they try to hoard it all in-house again, I'll be like, "Nah, later guys." That's just an invitation to have your chain yanked for five years. If they license the system to Hero Labs, I'll be a lot more impressed.

Nevertheless, I'm pleased by what I see-- D&D products may just be worth getting again!

-The Gneech


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Jul. 28th, 2014 05:01 pm (UTC)
I interviewed at Wizards Of The Coast about a year in to 4th Edition, they loaded me down with a ton of books and accessories and figures and your basic Rich-N-Famous Swag Package. I *tried* to do 4th Edition, I really did! And the main reason was because they showed me the most wonderful digital resources imaginable, which were "just a few months out".

INCREDIBLE stuff, like a character creation tool that copied all relevant information to your printable character sheet from every book, word for word! Highlighted suggestions of what skills and feats you should be gearing towards based on your existing stats! It was WONDERFUL!

...And it never got released :( Not their fault, it was Hasbro not wanting to "give away" product.

When I didn't get that job it soured me on DnD, and I finally switched to Pathfinder. Traded all my Power Cards and multi-volume guides for good old Bahfnder books and never looked back...
Jul. 28th, 2014 08:55 pm (UTC)
Just picked up the Starter Set myself today.

First impression? It looks like d20 with a few house rules added in. (Advantage/disadvantage/inspiration, changing up how movement and actions can be intermixed during combat, changes to the spells...)

I'm going to also look at the Pathfinder Starter Set and decide which of the two sets I'll use to introduce the boy to gaming... if I don't wind up using Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls.

I'll also pick up the 5e core books before I wind deciding which system is going to be my go-to FRPG system for the next several years. I'm kinda leaning toward Pathfinder/3e for now, simply because of the sheer amount of available material and because of all the mechanics I strongly approve of, but I'm willing to be convinced. It's just that the convincing is going to have to meet a pretty high standard.
Aug. 1st, 2014 11:14 pm (UTC)
I've been helping playtest it for the past year and a half. I've had a -lot- of fun. :)
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