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Counterpoint: Singing the Blues for 4th Edition

I don’t cheer the demise of 4th Edition D&D, and not because my publishing label has at least one more product utilizing the system. 4th Edition D&D was the Ron Paul of game systems—a political outcast with bizarre and revolutionary ideas which, though making a lot of sense, were extremely unpopular within the demographic being […]

AN OPEN LETTER TO WOTC: SAVE 3RD PARTY DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS PUBLISHERS

This is an open letter to Wizards of the Coast in a bid to stave off the flight of GSL companies and promote an atmosphere of mutualism to better all parties. Dear Wizards: I’ll attempt to word this letter in a fashion that promotes compromise and expresses my understanding of the situation. It  starts with […]

Adapting to the Adaption

How does one adapt to a game that is constantly changing? Let’s look at what’s better–a single revision or numerous updates. I’ve spoken at length about the differing atmosphere that has gravitated around 4th Edition D&D compared to its predecessor. There is an increased intolerance with deviating from accepted D&D principles. Knee-jerk reactions from certain […]

You’re Saying That Wrong

If you think conforming to the GSL is hard. Try conforming to 4th Edition D&D’s vocabulary. On numerous occasions I’ve been asked about what is the most difficult aspect of writing 4th Edition. I offered a few general answers from ensuring that all the powers balance with each other to adapting Amethyst to the evolving […]

Dungeons and Dragons Essentially Covered – The Unfortunate Schism

Welcome Enworlders! While you are here, take a look at the great contest we are running! First prize is a free copy of the Eoris role-playing game! And now I return with the final part of my experience with D&D Essentials. I have a problem with Doritos. …Yes, Doritos. Whenever I walk into a 7/11 […]

Dungeons and Dragons Essentially Covered – Adding the Egg

Welcome Enworlders! While you are here, take a look at the great contest we are running! First prize is a free copy of the Eoris role-playing game! And now I return with part 2 of my experience with D&D Essentials. Let’s be honest, 4.0 has its flaws.  I can concede that point (I admitted to […]

Dungeons and Dragons Essentially Covered – Just the Facts

Dungeons and Dragons Essentially Covered – Just the Facts

Welcome Enworlders! While you are here, take a look at the great contest we are running! First prize is a free copy of the Eoris role-playing game! My group hates Essentials. Full disclosure. I’m not saying I hate Essentials, but my players are obviously not impressed.  We argued recently.  Voices were actually raised.  This article […]

4th Edition and the Giant Robot–The Modern Dilemma

4th Edition and the Giant Robot–The Modern Dilemma

Around the same time the GSL was being promised in 2008, the wizards of western shores had in fact promised two game system licenses.  One was to be the D&D system license and the second, dubbed the 4E GSL, due for release in early 2009 (this has also been described as anecdotal).  No one had […]

Intelligent Denial or Why Dungeons and Dragons Should Kill Its Gods

When I was around thirteen, I wilted under parental pressure and briefly quit Dungeons and Dragons.  It didn’t take.  I did this because my Mother, who was and still is a devout Roman Catholic, objected to the game’s subject matter.  This occurred when D&D was under substantial pressure from religious conservative groups…well, more than it […]

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