Dungeons and Dragons Fifth Edition has been much maligned in RPG circles (including by yr. humble editor, to be fair), but the game does have its undeniable good points. For some positive discussion of the latest edition of the grandaddy of RPGs, check out "Why 5e Is Good."Much Maligned? By who? Where?
RPG.net is blocked at work, so I can't get into the thread itself.
I know there is a certain segment of the RPG population who disliked D&D5 based on (what it seems to me) the involvement of +Kasimir Urbanski (RPGPundit) and +Zak Sabbath and wished it would fail. Well, that never happened and now almost 2 more years in I notice some of those (vocal) one are now playing 5e.
Then there are also these articles. Not exhaustive, or even 100% representative but they do make a point. Read them, but for the purposes of this illustration, the titles will suffice.
- 'Dungeons & Dragons' makes a resurgence
- 'Dungeons & Dragons' Good For Writers, Says 'New York Times'
- Female-only Dungeons & Dragons club vanquishing sexism in fantasy gaming
- ‘D&D’ Fifth Edition: One Year in, Beyond the Game
- The awesome glory that is Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition
- Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition gives freedom back to the dungeon
- Reviewed: Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition: Streamlining, self-publishing, annual stories—if you left, it's time to unretire for 5E
- Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition gets it mostly right
- It's The Perfect Time To Play Dungeons & Dragons
- Five More Things I Love About Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition
I could go on but hardly needed.
No I think this is much, much more a reflection of the point of view of the editor of this newsletter, "Iustum". (I admittedly have no idea who that is.) Also trying to push a particular narrative.
RPG.net lately has been more a place of cliques and overly draconian rules on what can and cannot be posted. Granted that is their right. They pay the bills they can say what they want there and control what others say. But that doesn't really make it true.
Sorry RPG.net. but D&D5 is not much maligned. Not even by die hard Grognards.