Wizards of the Coast have it linked on their website: Homepage? Nope. But look, Magic the Gathering comics are coming! yay! That's the headline announcement, from 9/1/11. Four months ago. MtG comics come before a new Edition of Dungeons & Dragons, the game that launched the RPG industry. I'd go with comics too! Wait, if I check the Twitter feed on the page there is something about a big announcement - good going guys, your webmaster sucks!
How about the D&D Brand Homepage (and how depressing is it that D&D is a "brand")? Well, if you wait long enough, the main graphic will rotate in a link so you can "Sign Up Today and Be a Part of Gaming History". Clicking that put's you on a page for the WotC mailing list for the 5e play test info. But wait, on the left side there is a small caption about Charting the Course of D&D! Whee! We found our link!
These are the fucktards that are going to make D&D viable in the eyes of Hasbro? They can't even post the announcement on their site the right way.
Wait a second? Didn't we just get D&D Essentials, the "essential" way to play 4e. Oh, and when I say we, I don't mean me, as I don't play 4e, I mean "we" as in "you".
Not that this announcement is all that surprising. Ever since Monte returned ("All Hail Monte, Lord of 3e and in turn, the trickle down known as The OSR") to WotC we (now I mean "me", but probably "you" too) knew that 5e was coming sooner then later.
So, 4e has run it's course. Stick a fork it it and the abysmal GSL. Game over Johnny. Now, obviously they talk their parents at Hasbro that 2012 was going to be a wash for the D&D Brand, and they were saving all their pennies for the launch of 5e and the return of Wizards to a viable component of Hasbro. Either that or we get the D&D RPG shelved for a few years, it whatever iteration it ends at.
What is 5e supposed to accomplish (besides making money for WotC / Hasbro in a shrinking market)? Apparently they want to bring all the disillusioned D&D / Pathfinder / OSR / OGL gamers back into the fold. Because then they might actually have a market sizable enough to keep the brand afloat. Good luck with that one lads. You fucked with a lot of gamers' (and publishers') goodwill when you released a Dungeons & Dragons game barely recognizable to it's long term fans, with a screwed up licensing scheme on top of that. You think many will trust you this time?
Maybe that's part of the reason for bringing back Monte Cook. He makes the newest, latest edition possibly redeemable. He's also a face and a name that the 3e generation know and respect. Monte's got impossible job if it's to integrate players from 0e to 4e, and all the "E's" between.
Me? I hope they can accomplish 10% of what they hope for, as that will still be 100% more then 4e added to my gaming enjoyment. Maybe I'll be surprised. I'm certain this is far from the last I'll be posting on this.
How do you feel about 5e's announcement?
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