Monday, March 19, 2012

Game Night & What is 'Next'

Tonight we game. Rob (Bat in the Attic) will be running our second session playtesting D&D Next. In a way I think it’s smart not to tag it with another edition number. Not that it will stop another edition war or keep people calling in 5th edition, but I think it detaches, even if just semantically, from the line of progression of the editions. Each edition got farther away from the original.

Now while I can’t go into detail. I think it’s been hinted at that this version will not follow that path. It will not stray even farther away from its origins. I am not an edition basher, and 4th edition was a game unto itself. The leap from 3.5 to 4 was a huge change. To the point where many gamers didn’t even recognize it as D&D. Forth edition has a huge following and I’ve played it and had fun. Bought and read the books, even a few of the side gadgets, but in the end it wasn’t for me. It wasn’t the game I liked to play. It wasn’t the game I was willing to invest countless hours into.

With D&D Next on the horizon, playtesting is full swing and I believe they just closed the first round of testing. So what is Next? Like I said, I participated in one game and tonight we continue on. I’ve read the packets.

I like it. Not sure if I love it. But I like it better than 4th edition.

Excuse me while I step on this soapbox. It’s a little one.

Hypothetically. Let’s say D&D Next is a system that rocks the gaming world. For me, the system wasn’t the only problem. I think the biggest failing was their attitude towards its customer base. I won’t go into a blow by blow account. I think WotC or Hasboro, not which or both, needs to get back to being open to 3rd party publishers. To be a bit more fan friendly.
That’s it. Stepping off my soapbox.