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.