I understood the financial necessity of 3rd edition when I was a retailer. By the time Fourth Edition rolled around, I was completely uninterested in spending money on books I wouldn't use and the unnecessary extra accessories and maps I didn't need. I ran 3rd for store events and found it serviceable, and I did give Fourth a go and found it uninspired and, well, overwrought crap.
I've actively avoided the whole D&DNext (5th Edition) situation, but this past week, geek web sites have compiled data from WotC press releases and Amazon placeholders to determine the release schedule for the Fall.
I'm not impressed, but I am curious.
Hopefully, next month's Game Trade will start the pre-orders for the new books, and I'll go over them in better detail then, but from a preliminary look, I've surmised the following:
- Most hardcovers look to have a 20% price increase, AGAIN. Fifty bucks for a core book does make more sense than some random supplement. A $50 Player's Handbook would make a poor gateway purchase, if not for the...
- Beginner's boxed set for twenty bucks or so that gives the very basic classes, basic combat, and a few races to mix things up.
- And if THAT wasn't mildly appealing, the rules will be available on PDF from WotC, for free, and from what I'm read, it's not some generic d20-style universal document. It is conceivable that you can get the pdf and play D&D for years without paying WotC one red cent.
- Oh yeah, the artwork sucks even more now.