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Gamenerd: *sigh*

So, Wizards of the Coast made a big announcement at GenCon; D&D 4th Edition will be coming out in May 2008. Given that D&D 3.5 has only been out for a few years, it looks like the current business model for RPGs is;

  1. Release core books for new version.

  2. Release splat books (complete fighter's guide, book of elves, tradition book: whatever) over a two years.

  3. Release new version, repeat.

White Wolf seems to be going with a similar model. It's working for now, but the length of the cycle seems to be getting shorter and shorter. The companies have figured out that they can't make money on adventures any more, and there is a limit to how many viable splatbooks a game can support.

Given that I haven't upgraded my core D&D books from 3.0 to 3.5, I don't see myself as likely to buy into 4e until I find myself playing with a group that uses it. I have doubts that the new core and splatbooks will have anything new and exciting; most likely, it'll be the same sort of stuff that 3e has with minor rules variations; there are a standard cluster of splats for each class and race that will get converted over.


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Aug. 17th, 2007 04:18 pm (UTC)
what are they going to change? the 3.5 rules are pretty seamless...
Aug. 17th, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC)
Based on the very small amount of info available on the website; levels will go to 30, races will now have level-based abilities, which is supposed to remove the need for level-adjustment for races like Drow, and fighters will have abilties based on their chosen weapon path, so an axe fighter has different choices available than a sword fighter.

Also, 4th ed is tied to the "digial initiative", which replces dungeon and dragon magazines. It will also have an interactive battle map thing, character generator, character visualizer, etc., and is rumoured to have a monthly subscription cost of $10USD.
Aug. 17th, 2007 05:13 pm (UTC)
I don't own any stuff since it was just called "AD&D" -- no version numbers.
Aug. 17th, 2007 05:55 pm (UTC)
The most maddening thing for me is that I'm an RPG rules nerd. There is a part of me that wants to sit down and examine the new rules when they come out to see what's been changed, and why. I'm also a cheap bastard, though, so I'm cranky about the thought of replacing an expensive pile of books every three years if I want to keep up with the gaming industry.
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Aug. 17th, 2007 07:13 pm (UTC)
I'll read all the previews when they come out. I may grab a PDF (legally if their sold cheap, otherwise if not) to peruse, and then, if I can't resist the pull, I'll start buying the books. Once I buy the core, I *will* inevitably end up buying the splatbooks.
Aug. 17th, 2007 08:45 pm (UTC)
You should come and game with us on occasion! Although we're still back at 3.0 too, so that doesn't help in any games-buying justification.

Aug. 18th, 2007 11:36 am (UTC)
That's ok, I am more than happy to game with you guys without having to replace my books! :)
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