14 Mar 2009 11:15:47
Where is magic missile??
I can't believe I just created a 4th edition character in 15 minutes with out rolling any dice.
I've been playing this game off and on since 1985. I've played D&D Basic, AD&D 1st and 2nd Editions and the 3.x edition. All I can say is that this is an entirely new game with a well recognized brand slapped on it. It is not an improvement on a previous edition.
I'm not bitter that others are having fun playing 4E. I have purchased a PHB and am planning on trying the game out. Truth is I think my kids who have had 0 experience playing earlier editions would probably like playing the new game.
My only issue is that it is a new game. Someone wrote an entirely new game and slapped a highly recognizable brand on it -- "Dungeons and Dragons." It's not another layer of improvements like previous editions. They may as well have called it MMORPG -- Table Top Edition. Am I bitter -- sure who wouldn't be? Wouldn't you be pissed if you bought a copy of Monopoly and found a Risk board inside? Someone took a game that's been around 40 years or so and substituted it with something entirely new knowing full well that they would alienate many of their loyal players and fan base.
Who do I blame? HASBRO.
It's obvious where the game is going. It's going electronic. Anyone who has played DDO knows the trouble engineers had implementing 3.5 in electronic media. So, they came up with a new game that would be easy to reproduce with exactness electronically. It wouldn't suprise me at all to find a software engineer was on the board designing the game. I'm sure the real game is already in development and in alpha if not beta. Some marketing guy or vp at hasbro looked at the D&D brand and said we should be making more $$$ then Blizzard -- "Screw the fanbase."
Sorry if I'm boring everyone. I'm sure this has already been discussed ad nauseam . I just had to get it off my chest. If I want to continue to play Dungeons and Dragons it obvious I have no choice in the matter. I guess this is where I diverge from it. Still I'm going to try the new game on Saturday at an RPGA event. I'll report back on my experience.