I want plug this particular series of articles on Froths of 4e:
“Trimming the Fat”

Sep 13, 2012
Part 1: Death to Sunrods!!!

I’ve never encountered problems with sunrods in 4e before because I run equipment-light games. But I saw this article and took a look at 4e sunrods for the first time. I had no idea. My players don’t tend to need them, but you can bet they will never have them now. Goodness gracious, I had no idea.

Sep 26, 2012
Part 2: Shooting Skill Challenges in the Face

I don’t plan to cut skill challenges from my game but I understand and I sympathize with players who don’t like them. I loved them when I first saw them, and I’ve played with a lot of the alternative stuff. They give me a system for assigning believable experience rewards to situations that defy normal conventions of the game.

Jan 5, 2013
Part 3: Backgrounds

I think the mistakes WotC made with Backgrounds were largely repaired with Character Themes — when the themes themselves didn’t suck. There’s a lot of room for improvement, but I can support cutting Backgrounds from the game, especially as an easy means of streamlining character generation.

Oct 29, 2013
Part 4: Killing Off Revenants Once and for All

I only just learned about the ridiculous exploitation of the Revenant race today, and by strange coincidence I killed the only Revenant PC in last night’s game. I think I’d retool the race to do something else instead of banning it, but I don’t really have the resources to figure out what at the moment. Eventually, I’m sure.