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4E Black Humor

Funny Onion-styles news report over at pats_quinade, Fourth Edition D&D Kills 3, Wounds 1.

The wailing and gnashing of teeth is getting a little out of hand for a game no one but a few playtesters have seen yet.

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mouseferatu
Nov. 11th, 2007 12:04 pm (UTC)
I'm sure WotC will pull a rabbit out of their hat by June, but the sense of... abandonment? Indifference? from WotC is of their own making. 3E was more inclusive, big-tent stuff. And they had Dragon then, cheerleading, which helped.

I guess I just don't see it. I'm not denying that there could be differences between the 3E and 4e rollouts--I wasn't in the industry at the birth of 3E, so I'm sure I'm not in the best position to judge--but all that said, I was certainly paying what attention I could at the time. And with the exception of the fact that WotC had Dragon at the time to release their monthly "Here's what's coming" articles, I'm really not seeing all that big a difference.

I agree that it would be better if they'd gotten materials to other companies, but I'm confident--for a couple of reasons--that they'll yet do so. Hopefully, it'll happen relatively soon.
the_monkey_king
Nov. 11th, 2007 04:15 pm (UTC)
"Here's what's coming" makes a big difference (and man, I'd be thrilled to run a WotC preview in KQ, though I know it's a pipe dream). It's good to have something tangible for the upcoming game, something to drool over.

There's none of that now, just posts and pixels. They're trying pretty hard, with the staff blogs, but they are redacted enough that some of it just doesn't work as marketing. The coyness about the "new secret race" is meant to be a tease, but it is so transparent that it's just irritating. I've seen a million PC races: why should I care about this one?

The answer "because it's from WotC" is no longer sufficient, because I've played great PC races from Malhavoc (Oh the giants! AND the Littorians!) and my own.

The other big difference is the playtests. For 3E, everyone was a playtester, including all of the people who became 3E's third-party champions. You don't see the difference because you're in the loop, but for the rest of the world, it's a little different this time. The external playtests started too late to affect the core rules deeply, and the number of playtesters strikes me as smaller. But then, last time I was a lot closer to the closed content world.

Maybe the Net and Open companies have spoiled me for choice since last time. I'm not sure.

I am still waiting for the "Welcome to 4th Edition" group hug. The longer I wait, the more I just say: "Eh, I'm enjoying 3E. Get back to me when you have something to share." I'm less patient than last time, because I've seen this circus before. I just want it to ship, so I can make a decision.

Edited at 2007-11-11 04:17 pm (UTC)

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