WotC Snubs 4E For The Holidays

Lest there be any doubt in your mind that the January announcement of the D&D Next Playtest was anything less than a knife in the back of the not-even-four-year-old 4E system, check this out: WotC’s 2012 Holiday Guide, which features not a single 4E-specific product. 1E reprints? Check. 3E reprints? Check. Anything specific to the

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Kai In The Bright Desert

Long time, no see! After a grueling couple of weeks that included not just one but TWO plumbing-related floods in my basement, I have finally got back around to the business of playtesting D&D Next. I have a regular bi-weekly game starting up in September. In fact, it was supposed to begin on Labor Day

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Flooping the Pig

As previously reported, D&D Next has turned out to be a hit with my son, Daniel. Sadly, we haven’t gotten to play again since the second game. I had promised him a game Saturday, but we were out of the house all evening and never got to play. It’s still in the cards for this

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The Further Adventures of Dwarfio

Last week’s introduction to D&D Next left an impression on my son Daniel, and he began asking me when we could play again. So this weekend we sat down to finish the Dwarf Brothers’ adventure in the goblin caves. He insisted on using minis and a map this time, but I insisted he finish it

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Teaching My Son D&D Next

My son Daniel just turned eight years old, and I’m happy to say he has the spark of a gamer in him. He loves video games, especially Mario, Angry Birds, and Skylanders. On the tabeltop, he really likes Battleship and Zombie Dice. He also gets a kick out of things like BeyBlade and Ninjago and

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Why Alignment Needs To Be In 5E

Of all the discussions I’ve seen around 5E, one that seems to irk people more than most is the question of alignment. Opinions generally fall into three camps when it comes to “Core” 5E: “Bring back the classic 9-pronged alignment system!” “Keep the simplified 4E system!” “Get rid of alignment altogether!” I am firmly part

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In Which I Explain Why D&D 4E Is Like New Coke

“New Coke.” It’s a classic blunder so resonant that I can reference it in a blog 27 years later and still know that most people will “get it.” For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, the Wikipedia page is surprisingly robust. Also — and I was a bit surprised by this

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