21 August 2013

D&D Next public playtest lessons

As before, a couple of points to make before mentioning “D&D Next”...

  1. Yes, “D&D Next” is a terrible name. That’s because it’s a project name. The real name will be decided (I assume) by actual marketing people when the project gets closer to becoming products.
  2. I will reiterate that Wizards should make clear on the books what edition of the game it is. There’s already enough confusion for non-collectors looking at D&D books and not being able to tell what edition they are.

Now, on to today’s musing...

In his latest “Legends & Lore” column, Mike Mearls listed some of the things they learned from the public playtest.

On the one hand, it’s great to see that these tend to line up both with my approach to the hobby and with what I think will help grow the hobby.

On the other hand, I can’t help but wonder why Wizard’s D&D 3e and Paizo’s Pathfinder were and are so dominant if this is really what the RPG public wants.

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