So I am slow at this. Sorry, been sick.
The price point for the first releases of the next edition of Dungeons & Dragons has been leaked by Barnes & Noble.
The Player's Handbook has a MSRP of $49.99. (link now dead)
The "Starter Set" has a MSRP of $19.99. (link also dead)
(the Escapist has commentary and screenshots)
And queue the rounds of people saying it's too expensive.
Let's look at the Player's Handbooks over the years. I have included the price, the number of pages, and the retail price. I am also including the adjusted price for inflation based on the US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics.
AD&D 1st Ed. (1978) 128 pages, $19.95 ($71.68)
AD&D 2nd Ed. (1989) 246 pages, $20.00 ($37.73)
D&D 3.0 (2000) 302 pages, $19.95* (special intro price, increased to $29.95) ($27.10, $40.68)
D&D 3.5 (2003) 302 pages, $29.95 ($38.07)
D&D 4th (2008) 320 pages, $34.95 ($37.97)
D&D 5th Ed. (2014) xxx pages, $50.00 ($50.00)
Maybe $40.00 is the sweet spot on this, but $50.00 does not seem too far out to me.
Compare this to a new video game, $60.00. Ah, but you say, you can't play D&D with just the player's book, you need at least another 100 bucks for the DMG and MM. Well. You can't play a video game by itself either you need a system (anywhere from $300 to $400).
So really. This is not a huge expense in today's market. It is also likely to be 300+ pages, full color with, what I have seen so far, great art.
I am planning on buying these at my Favorite Local Game Store. I believe in keeping game stores in business and supporting my local economy. So yeah, that means I am in for at least $120.00. I will get the starter set too.
But you know what? I am an adult. I make good money. I can drop that much on my favorite hobby, on my favorite game.
Currently the modules for D&D 5 run from $5.00 (Vault of the Dracolich) to $18.00 (Dreams of the Red Wizards: Scourge of the Sword Coast) to $30 ($18 on sale) (Ghosts of Dragonspear Castle).
I like the art and expect that the rule books will be about the same.
So honestly, this sounds fine to me.