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Please WotC, take my money!

Yesterday's In the Works column on the WotC site talked about the forthcoming Ed Greenwood Presents Elminster's Forgotten Realms, an edition neutral (systemless, even) book full of Realmslore which, judging by the excerpts, is going to be fun to read and rather good. It also seems to be the only new D&D book we've got coming in the next five months.The column announced a reprint of the original AD&D Unearthed Arcana coming in February next year but no other books.

This year and since the D&D Next announcement, three new D&D books have been released - two 4e supplements and one system neutral Forgotten Realms book. Everything else has been reprints (1e & 3.5), tiles, poster map packs, fortune cards & Dungeon Command.

Dungeon Command isn't what I'm looking for, and, although tiles and maps are cool, I'm soon going to be at the point where where I have "enough" - just like the point me and many others got to with D&D Minis. I have all my older edition books still so I don't need reprints of them either. I'm in the position of wanting to spend my money on D&D stuff but there's nothing I want to buy.

So what would I spend my hard-earned money on? Well, 4e D&D books for a start. Like a lot of people, I'm playtesting D&D Next and we've had some really fun sessions, but I can't get that invested in characters that I'm making for a couple of sessions, then changing to fit the latest playtest packet or abandoning in favour of a new class/race/background/speciality combo. But I'm still running a regular 4e game set in Parsantium, with a second one paused but due to resume in the new year.

After four years of play, both groups of PCs are still in the early paragon tier and there are more stories to be told so I'm not done with 4e yet. More 4e books, particularly DM-focused ones would be great. Judging by the response to the Midgard Bestiary for 4th Edition I'm not the only one who feels this way. With nearly two years before D&D Next is released, surely designers and space on the schedule could be found for a few more 4e books? What about a Shadowfell-sized Feywild book or boxed set? Or an epic tier focused DMG3?

If Wizards really don't want to go down this route - and this seems almost certain - perhaps Elminster's Forgotten Realms could lead to other system neutral campaign setting books - for Planescape, Dragonlance, Greyhawk, Al-Qadim et al. A brand new, nicely printed book with great maps and art for each setting could then be supported by the digital release of the relevant back catalogue. Then, when D&D Next comes out, any setting-specific rules elements (classes, races, monsters etc) could be released digitally to further support the world.

Whatever happens, I've got my fingers crossed that we get some new D&D books in the next two years. If we don't I think a lot of gamers could lose interest in the world's oldest (and most fun) RPG.

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Oct. 9th, 2012 07:36 am (UTC)
I agree
It struck me too just how little 4e content was in this week's In The Works column. It's the first time I've seen.... well, nothing. That's a big surprise, and I hope it doesn't mean they are dropping the line when the next one is still so far in the future.

Fourth Edition D&D has many great years of life in it (and least two, and well into D&D Next's launch as well, imho). As it is both published books and D&DI content has dwindled. The fact that third parties are stepping up with great products to fill that void, and gamers are buying them, should tell Wizards that deserting 4e is a huge mistake to make.
Oct. 9th, 2012 05:16 pm (UTC)
Re: I agree
It's really odd - I can understand them scaling things back but there are still people out there playing 4e who would buy the books. I wonder what system they will use for the Forgotten Realms Sundering adventures?

As for Dragon & Dungeon, the quality of recent articles has been great - I loved the Planescape stuff! - but there's just not that much of it.
Oct. 9th, 2012 04:17 pm (UTC)
See, I'm okay with Dungeon Command...because I just look at it as a non-randomized booster pack. "Hey, a ton of drow minis!" or "hey a bunch of undead!" are fine by me.

Also, system neutral books are GREAT for me, since I don't use ANY of their systems in my current campaign, so.
Oct. 9th, 2012 05:28 pm (UTC)
I'd be interested in Dungeon Command if the minis included were ones I didn't have. I have a pretty large DDM collection and I think the only figure I've seen in the first few sets I'm missing is the drider. It's just not worth me spending £32 to get him plus duplicate drow. I'll keep an eye out though as this might change with future sets.

System-less books would be OK with me too really. It's the lack of ANY books other than reprints from November to February that's bothering me. Having said that, I would prefer some 4e mechanics to have been included in Menzoberranzan. Even with these in, the book could still appeal to non-4e players if the amount of rules content was kept tight. I don't DM Pathfinder or AGE but having a few mechanics in the Midgard Campaign Setting didn't stop me buying (and loving) the book. In fact, I think having the Pathfinder content makes it easier for me to come up with 4e stats than having no crunch at all.
Oct. 9th, 2012 06:22 pm (UTC)
I like repaints & I don't mind duplicates (especially when they are repainted) because then I just have more "minions" for the scene.

You make good points about Midgard (etc); these are books I read, enjoy, but don't play the system, either. Is there a "minimum" crunch option? Vornheim works that way.
Oct. 9th, 2012 06:57 pm (UTC)
I like the look of Vornheim! Will check it out.
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