Nearly a year ago (give it a month), I swore that I wouldn’t examine, explain, or rant about Fifth Edition Dungeons & Dragons, ridiculously nicknamed “D&D Next,” and remarkably enough, I’ve stuck to my promise. It hasn’t yet been a “year and a day,” but I’m popping in now to reiterate and renew my promise.
I won’t give Fifth Edition a serious thought until it’s published.
That’s pretty much all I’m here to say at the moment. It isn’t worth discussing, isn’t worth dismantling, isn’t worth the “mindshare” until there’s words committed to the dead tree. I honestly haven’t done more than glance at the Wizards.com/dnd page for the occasional update, and I don’t even know if there’ll be a dead tree version.
Will I take an occasional potshot? Sure, I don’t see why not but you can look over the last year and see that I’ve refrained from doing so. There are much more interesting things to talk about than something that hasn’t even hit the printing press (or has it? I don’t even know). It hasn’t even been discussed in my weekly gaming group.
I probably won’t even know Fourth Edition’s dead until the Character Builder stops working. (Our players all use it.) For that matter, I barely know what’s coming out for Fourth Edition these days. I’m sure Dungeon and Dragon e-zines have both been going strong but I stopped paying attention maybe half a year ago.
And why should I care? I know that Wizards of the Coast is going to stop supporting the game I’m playing within a couple years and they haven’t bothered to publish a new class or a significant update or expansion to the rules since Heroes of the Feywild or uh, the other one. (One quick Internet search later…)
…Nothing. What, Heroes of the Elemental Chaos? That should count for something. The Book of Vile Darkness? Not so much. Then there was that item compendium that fixed a bunch of stuff, applied the “rarity system” across magic items and so forth. I guess. Maybe they’re still sorting that out. And their so-called “premium reprints.”
You know what “premium reprints” are called in the publishing industry? Reprints. Adding the word “premium” to it doesn’t make it special. It’s just another print run of a book that is either in or out of print. Seriously. Also, they don’t get to take any special credit for providing something that players have been demanding.
So yeah. I’m going back to shunning 5e and taking potshots at WotC now.