Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition

I was kind of trying to stay out of this, but let's face it, it's a big deal. The announcement of 5th Edition has stirred up a lot of chatter on the internet.

Only four/five years since 4th came out and they're already talking of a new one? Sorry, but it's always been my opinion that Wizards of the Coast dropped the ball on D&D and became so focused on the competition they thought they were up against from the MMORPG world they ended up emulating it with subscriptions and the like, and throwing it together quickly and sloppily to get it on the shelves, and then marketing it to the wrong crowd. Why try to impress existing gamers? Roleplayers are already roleplaying - we needed fresh blood in the hobby!

I always said, it needs to be on the toystore shelves, in The Entertainer or in W.H.Smiths, or on the shelves in Tesco. It needs to go back to it's roots as a game for kids and the family - Wizards of the Coast just wanted to impress and cater to the existing gamer groups and probably didn't think for one second that they could bring in new blood; at least, that's how I saw it because they did nothing to make it accessible to the beginning gamer, and the Essentials line was just a waste of time.

They need to leave out the old school players who are writing this stuff and who think they know best and bring in sub-30 year old writers who remember how to have fun, with the old-schoolers looking over their shoulders, and have a look at the rules-lite systems and strip the whole thing down to a version of the servicable 3.x Edition and rebuild it. But, make it a hell of a lot simpler and much more accessible to new gamers. The starter box they did in 2010 was a great idea, almost inspired, but it needed to be a simple, basic game for new gamers. And the three core rulebooks? Why? ONE BOOK! With everything in there for new gamers to run game after game after game! All the supplements could be modular.

I don't know, we'll see, I guess. I admit, I had fun with 4e when I played it a couple of years ago. Let's hope they've learned a thing or two over the last few years.