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 Post subject: D&D Next Edition
PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 12:21 pm 
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Yup, it's been announced. The following statement, by Mearls, is very reassuring:

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"We seek to build a foundation for the long-term health and growth of D&D, one rooted in the vital traits that make D&D unique and special. We want a game that rises above differences of play styles, campaign settings, and editions, one that takes the fundamental essence of D&D and brings it to the forefront of the game. In short, we want a game that is as simple or complex as you please, its action focused on combat, intrigue, and exploration as you desire. We want a game that is unmistakably D&D, but one that can easily become your D&D, the game that you want to run and play."
(Emphasis mine.)

It's a bold statement, but it makes me happy. Since I stopped playing 4e, I've decided my home campaign will always be some sort of "home-brew", by taking the best of what I like from other games (D&D, official & otherwise), sprinkled with some of my own inventions. DCC RPG encouraged this kind of play, plus the "core" rules hit a sweet-spot for me. 3e was always "too much", and 4e went in a direction that disenfranchised players that "liked" some of the old ways, i.e. Vancian magic, etc.

I suspect that the "core" of the next edition will look a lot like 3e & 4e, which will probably influence the "Living" campaigns and Tournament play. But there will be a lot of extra or optional rules in there that can be used to make the game our own. This is what I'm hoping for. What I liked about DCC RPG was it was "mostly" compatible with every other "D&D" game (official & their simulacra.) A 1-level fighter in DCC worked fine in 1e, 2e, 3x, LL, S&W, LotFP, with minor modifications. While had to be completely re-done for 4e, that was the deal breaker for me (and it took 2 years to come to this.)

The last two sentences, (in bold) from Mearl's statement, clinches it for me. I hope they figure this out, and I totally see it being possible.

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 Post subject: Re: D&D Next Edition
PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:50 pm 
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The Rumor on the street is that Greyhawk will be the default setting again. Mostly this rumor is caused by me going around saying that with no proof or any clue other than one rumor that keeps getting repeated by me.

Just saying.


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 Post subject: Re: D&D Next Edition
PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 8:32 pm 
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Devil Swine wrote:
The Rumor on the street is that Greyhawk will be the default setting again. Mostly this rumor is caused by me going around saying that with no proof or any clue other than one rumor that keeps getting repeated by me.

Just saying.


Maybe if we all start saying it enough, it will become true.

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 Post subject: Re: D&D Next Edition
PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:20 pm 
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Devil Swine wrote:
The Rumor on the street is that Greyhawk will be the default setting again.
I heard that Forgotten Realms would be the default. A bummer, since I'd much prefer to see Greyhawk.

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