Here’s the deal.
I grew on Basic and then Advanced. Spent the lion’s share of my tabletop time on 2nd Edition.
So it was when 3.0 came out, I remained unconvinced at first. Why, I asked, should I as a 2nd Edition gamer with tons of rulebooks, modules, and box sets ‘convert’ to the new 3.0?
Well, the short and correct answer is that TSR/WoTC needs to stay in business like anyone else, but the real correct answer is that 3.0 and the following 3.5 cleaned up a lot of stuff in 2nd Edition, and it added some nice angles to character development such as dividing up proficiencies and feats. It also converts fairly well from 2nd Edition, which is why 3.5 won me over and is my current campaign rule set.
But 4th Edition is where I had to get off Gary Gygax’s hijacked dungeon train. Tabletop Dungeons & Dragons influenced all the big MMO heavy hitters including EverQuest and World of Warcraft, so on a certain level it stands to reason the massive popularity of the MMO genre is going to influence its tabletop progenitor. However that’s not what concerns me, what does concern me is the dumb-down factor.
You see, I’ve witnessed it all before: I was a Battletech player for a number of years, and then….’Dark Age’ came upon us. ClickieTech.
Tantamount to, The Wellspring Hath Run Dry.
As in, we’ve run out of ideas, as a company, for this game setting. So it’s time to erase the blackboard and then burn down the school we had it in, because the next generation of students aren’t measuring up either.
Funny, because all us gamers never really seemed to run out of ideas to expand their source material beyond the point where they got it…maybe they’re hiring the wrong people.
As in, we need to follow popular media and dumb down considerably. Hell, even the fucking schools do it today; some are considering lowering the testing standards so more dumb kids can slip through with good grades.
Those of us in the ‘veteran gamer’ category, who grew up before net gaming got big and started with dice, those of us that were not born in the fetal position curled about a Blackberry, who integrated into the technology and were not born with it, but yet made the transition the best.
D&D 4th Edition- Too dumbed down, too trimmed, too unlike what tabletopping was meant to be. Sorry I’m out…maybe 5th Edition will be better. Good enough to buy.