Today is the start of the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dragon. And what a year it is turning out to be so far.
"May you live in interesting times." goes the old saying (which may or may not actually be Chinese in origin).
We are certainly living in interesting times now. Never has there been such unprecedented access to games of any generation. So of course I have indulged, maybe even over-indulged.
There has been an interesting side effect to this. The editions war have hit home. In February we are ging to playing: D&D4, Pathfinder, Basic D&D, and we want to try out some 1st Ed AD&D as well. This is not even taking into consideration our semi-regular D&D 3.x game. And everyone here has an opinon on what works and what doesn't.
I have talked to some of the new D&D5 playtesters and so far 5e/D&D.Next does not appear to be what most people think it is going to be. Well, I say "most" people, I guess I really should be saying "loud" people.
I do have renewed hope for the next version of D&D.
I fear no matter what both the 4e and the OSR crowds are not going to like it; each thinking this new game looks too little like their own and too much like the other.
While there are plenty of doom-and-gloomers out there, I want D&D to succeed. I would love to see a new Golden Age in fact. We have everything we need really, we just need to get the world to see D&D (and by extension all RPGS) as a good low cost alternative to MMORPGS/Computer games that the whole family can enjoy. (see this bit here)
Get the families.
That is where the money and future is.