I’ve been reading extant bits of 4e setting lore, and it’s interesting. Kind of.

I mean, some of this stuff seems interesting, if not for how much I’d already invested in The Great Wheel and yadda yadda, not just in how much of TGW they incorporated, but for how much Real World mythology they squeezed in, and how much they re-branded and in some cases expanded existing D&D lore.

I kind of like the Underdark being ret-conned into a place of madness with ties to the Far Realm. It helps explain the maddening decadence of the dark elves, and the incredibly strange monsters and conditions found there.

I do like the nods to the Far Realm — even if like Xen’drik for Eberron — it should never “technically” receive a source book unto itself.

Actually, I think I like most of what they did here.

What would I change about it?

Honestly, I think D&D could probably do without some of its weirder deities — I don’t think anyone really cares that much. Even Lolth the Spider Queen could easily be replaced by the Greek mythological figure Arachne, for example.

Perhaps a re-branding of Classical Mythology would do D&D a lot of good. Perhaps retaining the iconic elements that D&D brings to mythology without the weird baggage cobbled together by decades of Repressed Nerds.

I’m not talking Grognards either, or any of the recognized categories of D&D gamers. I mean the losers who have mucked up the game — D&D’s griefers.

Maybe my big project fueled by a decade of nerd-rage should be ultimately shelved in favor of working entirely within a fully Public Domain setting, using tropes codified by D&D to bring some consistency to discarded mythologies.

Points of Light is really nothing new — it’s just a marketing engine churning out new Brand Names while updating the trademarks on tired products. File off the serial numbers and it’s just a mash-up of Real World myths with Mind Flayers.