Thursday, April 26, 2012

More problems for D&D Next?

The D&D Next design team just lost Monte Cook. Enworld has a bit of coverage here.

I'm not sure how well this bodes for things to come. We can only speculate, but it makes me a little fearful for the hobby.

If D&D goes down the drain, RPGs will still survive. But the flagship brings new people in, and if sales for the new edition go poorly, I'm not sure that Hasbro/Wizards will release the brand into anyone else's hands, which could mean D&D would go dormant (or just die). That'd be quite a blow.

That said, I'm still optimistic for some of the new developments they've mentioned, and the upcoming playtest.

I just can't quite shake the feeling that some of this 'modular' discussion for the new edition is going to be some crazy marketing ploy. Hard to fault a company for wanting to make money. And at least with the third edition OGL (and the ability to hoard some rule books), the game will never really be dead and gone.

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