(Apologies to all coming here for the A to Z challenge, you might not be all that familiar with the back story of today's rant.)
I wanted to talk about World of Darkness today. But instead I am going to rant. Well not rant so much as complain about gamer privilege. I know in the scope of things this is so minor as to be non-existent. But yet here I am...
W is for What Next?
So unless you were away from the internet like was all day yesterday you probably missed the "Big news" that Monte Cook packed up books and told WotC, "Screw you guys I'm going home."
Ok, not exactly like that. Lots of times people leave projects on properties they love due to disagreements.
I have left playtests in "protest" before over a direction the author wanted to take that I felt was a bad idea. I won't name names either, but it was a property I really liked and was honored to be a part of. The game in my mind still sucked, but plenty others still liked it so maybe I was the one in the wrong (I don't think so).
So Monte Cook has left Wizards and his work on D&D Next; the nom-de-net for Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition.
I am a D&D fan. I am a D&D loyalist in fact. I have every single edition and played them all. I have nearly every retro clone. I bought into the D&D 4 hype and bought a ton of books for it. I loved moving the minis on the maps with my kids, I loved the fact that the classes were balanced and I loved that 1st level characters all had something to do. I disliked how long combats took. I disliked all the meta-gaming that had to go on with feats and surges and actions and markings. But it was D&D and I still was able to do the sorts of things that worked for me.
Now we are going into the next version, and I have barely played the last version. My kid's group, The Dragon Slayers, are wrapping up their 3.x game. We have gone through many of the "Classic" adventures and as much as I love 1st Edition, I really don't want to go back to it.
I know. I am complaining about having too many games to play. Woe is me...
I guess I'll wait for the playtest like everyone else. But I have to say that at the moment, D&D 5/D&D Next is not filling me with a lot of excitement.
Meybe I'll just back to D&D Basic and house rule the hell out of it. Start characters at a higher level (really, wizards should have more spells than 1) and use some of the rules I like from 4e (bloodied) and 3e (multiclass).