Ryan Dancey, the spiritual father of the OGL and in many minds the guy who saved D&D is on ENWorld speaking his mind.
and some commentary here, http://trollsmyth.blogspot.com/2011/01/ryand-on-4e.html
Now Ryan is a very knowledgeable guy but he has been accused of Dooming and Glooming in the past (see here as one example). But he does make a very good point and one WotC needs to answer a bit better.
If I were a noob getting into D&D4, where should I start? The obvious answer is "the Red Box", but the trouble is the Red Box doesn't look anything like the rest of the line.
If I were not such a noob and want to get started with D&D4 then where do I start? Essentials? PHB?
These questions are trivial to me and really anyone that reads this blog, but they are not trivial to someone with 20 bucks to spend and wants to play D&D. They could buy any game, WotC needs to be clear (and clear to whom is also a good question) what someone needs to buy.
Now I *think* that what WotC wanted to have happen is have everyone go to Essentials. Which is fine and I can see that. Can everyone?
Here is a quasi-related question that I would like to hear some thoughts on.
If D&D were discontinued what effect would that have on the RPG landscape?
Conventional wisdom says that as D&D goes, so goes the industry. The same had been said of IBM too. But is that still true today?
ETA: A similar post by Jason Vey.