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January 27th, 2012

@criticalhits, @chattydm and a number of others were live-tweeting during the D&D Next seminar at DDXP which was really interesting and quite exciting to read through. I thought about pulling all of these tweets into a blog post but @morrus from ENWorld beat me to it:

Seminar Transcript - Charting the Course: An Edition for all Editions - EN World: Your Daily RPG Magazine

Worth checking this out. It's still all very theoretical, with a lot of "if we do this right" talk about modularity, but it sounds like they are looking at the right things, particularly allowing people to decide the split between roleplaying, exploration and combat in their games. There's one particular tweet missing where Monte talked about "that guy" who takes 10 minutes to resolve his turn in combat. Everyone has a "that guy" in their group, so it's great that speeding up combat is one of the things they're looking at for the new iteration of D&D.

Open playtest will be at some point in the Spring - looking forward to getting involved!


Another day, another very interesting D&D Next seminar at D&DXP, this time on character classes. Morrus has pulled together an excellent transcript for ENWorld from tweets again here:

Seminar Transcript - Class Design: From Assassins to Wizards - EN World: Your Daily RPG Magazine

Very cool to hear that WotC are planning to include every class that appeared in a PHB1 in the player's book so we get to keep the warlord and warlock, as well as welcoming back the illusionist and the assassin. What I'm really not sure about is Monte's enthusiasm for Vancian magic, bringing it back for the wizard (fair enough) and the cleric (not keen). One of 4e's best innovations was to make healing word a minor action and I hope this is something that carries over into the new edition too. I'm not sure it will though - from the transcript it seems as if not much 4e will be in this edition but I guess it's early days. There will be at-will powers for these Vancian casters available via feats so maybe that will do the trick. On the whole, however, the designers do seem to be thinking very carefully about what D&D is all about, and I'm sure the new edition will be worth the wait.


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