Thursday, August 16, 2007

Fourth Edition magically turns teenagers around the country into Grumpy Old Men

It appears to be true, the 4th Edition of D&D will be announced at GenCon this week.

The various forums are ablaze with people wailing and complaining about their shelves being laden with now worthless books.

Welcome to my world, folks. I can't help but giggle a little at all those little [descriptive term deleted] who told me to grow up and start playing 3E. And they are all hoping that 3E materials will still be supported...Take a look at how well they support 2E and you'll know how your hopes will fare.

Here's a press release:

August 16, 2007 (Renton, WA) – Whether you storm a mad wizard's tower every week or haven't delved into a dungeon since you had a mullet and a mean pair of parachute pants, one thing is certain - millions of D&D players worldwide have anticipated the coming of 4th Edition for many years. Today, Wizards of the Coast confirms that the new edition will launch in May 2008 with the release of the D&D Player's Handbook. A pop culture icon, Dungeons & Dragons is the #1 tabletop roleplaying game in the world, and is revered by legions of gamers of all ages.

The 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons game includes elements familiar to current D&D players, including illustrated rulebooks and pre-painted plastic miniatures. Also releasing next year will be new web-based tools and online community forums through the brand-new Dungeons & Dragons Insider (D&D Insider) digital offering. D&D Insider lowers the barriers of entry for new players while simultaneously offering the depth of play that appeals to veteran players.

The 4th Edition rules emphasize faster game play, offer exciting new character options, and reduce the amount of "prep time" needed to run the game. D&D Insider includes a character creator that lets players design and equip their D&D characters, dungeon- and adventure-building tools for Dungeon Masters, online magazine content, and a digital game table that lets you play 24/7 on the internet — the perfect option for anyone who can't find time to get together.

"We've been gathering player feedback for eight years," said Bill Slavicsek, R&D Director of Roleplaying and Miniatures Games at Wizards of the Coast. "Fourth Edition streamlines parts of the D&D game that are too complex, while enhancing the overall play experience. At its heart, it's still a tabletop game experience. However, D&D Insider makes it easier for players to create characters, run their games, and interact with the rest of the D&D community."

Wizards of the Coast will release two 4th Edition preview books in December and January — Wizards Presents: Classes and Races and Wizards Presents: Worlds and Monsters. The first live demos of 4th Edition will happen at the D&D Experience gaming convention in Washington D.C. in February 2008. The full scope of 4th Edition books, miniatures, and adventures will be available in the spring and summer of 2008.

Since its first release in 1974, the fantasy roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons has taken millions of players on imaginary adventures of epic scale. Today, D&D is universally regarded as the original game that created the roleplaying game category, and the inspiration for generations of game designers. D&D is enjoyed by millions of players worldwide, while countless more remember it with fond nostalgia.


Blogger josh said...

...You know, it isn't just young people playing 3.5e (or who will be playing 4e)...

I've been playing D&D longer than you... and I love 3.5e (and will play 4e)...

Think about it like a computer OS... I'll bet you don't blog on DOS... do ya?

7:33 PM  
Blogger S Ristau said...

"Though the mills of WOTC grind slowly, yet they grind exceedingly small;

Though with patience WOTC stands waiting, with exactness grinds WOTC all."

8:31 AM  
Blogger Shandar the Ashen said...

I don't blog on DOS, but I keep an old Windows 95 computer around to continue playing my DOS games like Aces of the Deep.

And I do, in fact, get really ticked off that newer versions of Windows don't allow a pure DOS platform to enable my playing the old games on my new computers.

So there. :)

9:19 AM  

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