It’s rare that gaming makes the NY Times, but when it does, it’s usually something big.
“On Monday, Wizards of the Coast, the Hasbro subsidiary, announced that a new edition is under development, the first overhaul of the rules since the contentious fourth edition was released in 2008,” reports the New York Times.
Well, we all might have seen this coming, and gamer-kind is reacting as we might expect: rage, excitement, disgust, and anticipation. Speculation of a new edition had increased in recent months with the rehiring of Monte Cook back in September. Months of speculation have proved prescient, and now gamers of the old school everywhere hold their breath to see if the system they know and love can make its saving throw to survive another edition.
Wizards has announced they will heavily seek player input in regard to the construction of the new edition. This process is partially responsible for the success of Paizo’s extensive playtesting and player input driven Alpha and Beta testing of the Pathfinder RPG, and can’t hurt the new edition that is eventually released.
It’s going to be an interesting time, that much is for certain. We’d like to hear your comments about the new edition and predictions for changes proposed for the next incarnation of D&D.