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The Sky's Falling In!

After months of speculation, it looks like D&D 4th edition is really happening with more details to be announced at GenCon. Check out the countdown clock (to the annoucement, not the publication of the books - doh!)

http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/welcome

There are already shedloads of threads on ENWorld. Let's hope all my 3.5 stuff will be somewhat compatible. It was pretty easy to use 1st edition books with 2nd edition, and 3.0 books with 3.5, but almost impossible to use 2nd edition books with 3e. Let's also hope that the OGL remains in some form so that companies such as Paizo can support the new rules rather than having to stick with 3.5.

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(Anonymous)
Aug. 16th, 2007 09:05 am (UTC)
4th Ed
If the design of their 'countdown clock' is any kind of barometer of the care and attention they are putting into 4th Edition we should all be very, very worried. That is the single most nasty site I have seen in ages.

And, apart from the obvious requirement to fleece all of us for new rule books every so often, is there actually any NEED for a whole new set of rules?
richgreen01
Aug. 16th, 2007 09:20 am (UTC)
Re: 4th Ed
It's not great, is it? 4dventure, indeed! They might have had to put it up in a hurry though as some muppet accidently put up the official 4th Edition messageboards yesterday - they were rapidly taken down and replaced with the clock.

We certainly don't need a new set of rules at all. Certainly, I have several years worth of 3.x stuff to run that I don't particularly want to convert. However, as you said, Wizards has a fleecing us for cash requirement as part of their business model. You never know - 4e might be quite good.
kb98
Aug. 16th, 2007 09:29 am (UTC)
Re: 4th Ed
Maybe we don't need it, but I for one would be happy to see some streamlining, especially with the vast number of supplemental rulebooks that have come out in the years since 3.5. Who really needs that many rules? It's easy to spend way more time looking things up than actually roleplaying. Let's have fewer rules, lighter books to carry around. Controversial, I'm sure!
(Anonymous)
Aug. 16th, 2007 01:32 pm (UTC)
It's rumoured that 4e won't have an OGL but a licensing mechanism. BUT, the 3e OGL is irrevocable, so anyone can carry on producing 3.x compatible stuff. If 4e meets with a mixed reception, this could cause WotC a few problems...

It's almost like they want to replicate the D&D / OD&D split, except without having control over one of the incarnations.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 16th, 2007 01:34 pm (UTC)
Bah, meant to say AD&D, not OD&D....

Graham
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