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Hey geeks

Are any of you buying or planning to buy (or, Christ, already bought) the 4th edition of D&D? I can't imagine doing so since I have no one to game with as it is, but I'm curious as to whether any of you who still do it are gonna take the plunge. Since I'm not getting it, I have no idea what's supposed to be different or whether they've even made any substantial changes, as opposed to it just being the calendar year for a new soaking.

Christ, $35 for the basic books. They sure do know when they've got the suckers roped.

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calamityjon
Jun. 9th, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
Now that I have that "Erotic Handbook," I don't see why I'd ever need to pick up another sourcebook again. A brush and a bottle of bleach for my eyes, yes, but another sourcebook? Never.
ludickid
Jun. 9th, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I bet 4th edition has hardly any heavily Photoshopped images of goth chicks in bondage gear.
littlewashu
Jun. 9th, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
My boyfriend says things are WAY different now. I don't game so I can't explain it or anything, though. He didn't buy shit, he downloaded a pdf from somewhere and printed it out and bound it at work.
ludickid
Jun. 9th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
Aw shit, I forgot about our friend the internet! Filesharing sites is where I got almost all my 3rd edition stuff, anyway...
littlewashu
Jun. 9th, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
Oh and also, since no one else has mentioned this, the art is solid throughout the book that he has. Which is nice.
archaica
Jun. 9th, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC)
"Sweet! I can make an orc paladin now! Awesome!"
ludickid
Jun. 9th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
I...what?
caprinus
Jun. 9th, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
NO MOAR GNOMZ!

Oh and Neutral Good, or Lawful Neutral, alignments like this? You cannot has.

Oh and everybody's uploaded into a computer. It's a D&D Singularity!

Oh and NO MOAR GNOMZ! Or Half-dorks. Or metallic dragons. Insted, replaced by LOLcats.

Oh and woe.

WOEHAMMER.

Blood for teh Blold god.
ludickid
Jun. 9th, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
Well, as much as I can figure this comment out, I'm fine with alignments being gone -- they were always just a pain in the ass -- and likewise, I could do with a lot less of the bazillion races, so the loss of gnomes, half-orcs and metallic dragons is in the plus column for me.
caprinus
Jun. 9th, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC)
I should step out of character to explain that I am merely parodying the response of most D&D geeks I've read from on this issue. I don't particularly care myself, being more of a Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay fan as far as "systems" go, and definitely not looking to spend any money on a system I'll play once a decade.

WFRP now... cruder than a tree-fort and likewise full of splinters, but what fun!
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ludickid
Jun. 9th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
Hmmmm, interesting. Although I'd say the greater emphasis on map-and-miniature play isn't exactly to my taste, anything that streamlines and balances the play has got to be a good thing.
perich
Jun. 9th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
I acquired the rulebooks through, ah, means and have been perusing them for about a week.

MY TAKE: it'll be fun. D&D still runs best at only one speed and one type of gas - namely, the "slay exotic monsters on a gridded cavern floor and become empowered through treasure" genre - but it's never run better. Players have more choices, and yet the game feels simpler, than in any previous edition.
ludickid
Jun. 9th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
See, for me, I like games that lend themselves easily to expansive, character-driven, open-ended roleplay and that resemble tabletop wargames as little as possible, so I'm not sure I'd like the direction -- I always liked epic campaigns over graph-paper treasure crawls. (Hence my love of Hero Systems, despite its horrific complexity.) But I'm still curious about any change to D&D, since you never forget your first.
perich
Jun. 9th, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
Yeah, as fun as I expect D&D4 to be, this game ain't that.
oxfordhacker
Jun. 9th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
I'm afraid I'm going to have to buy them, and for the worst reason: I play 3.5 and there are so many aspects of it that bug the fuck out of everybody I want to see if and how they've fixed them...
faeriemuriel
Jun. 9th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)
It's usually not a matter of "fixing" with different editions--I think 3.5 should've just been a revision. But I started out playing 1st ed because I thought that you were supposed to start with the first. And got a shock when I played 2nd ed. And now I've been playing 3rd ed for forever (though I still don't remember rules) and we've been picking and choosing between 3rd, 3.5, and WoW tabletop to basically make the most sense to us.

I've heard the books have a lack of graphs.
ysabel
Jun. 9th, 2008 07:48 pm (UTC)
4e is very nearly a completely different game system from 3.x.
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