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Positive 4E Review 
28th-Feb-2008 01:48 pm
barbazu
I've stayed away from a lot of the hype (and anti-hype) surrounding 4E. I'm interested, but I want to see it before I form any bold opinions. Anyway, here's a review of 4E with a positive spin.

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/35776

Cross-posted in dnd3e and dnd4e.
Comments 
28th-Feb-2008 07:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting this. I had read some of what was posted on the WotC and Paizo boards, and stopped reading it a few months ago when it became apparent that people were running off in all directions, panicking because of incomplete information. This clarifies some things and gives me some things to look forward to.
28th-Feb-2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting this, I would never have seen it otherwise. Can you do the same for future updates from this guy?
28th-Feb-2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
Yes please -- this isn't a site that I normally track and I'm concerned that I'll miss it. Please please keep us updated. I have cookies.
28th-Feb-2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
I don't always remember to check that site, but whatever I find, I'll pass along. :)
28th-Feb-2008 08:29 pm (UTC)
I'm very frustrated by some of these ideas... but maybe I'll enjoy them once we are playing. I'm not ready for a new edition. I just went on a major 3rd party book buying spree about a year ago, and I haven't scratched the surface of what's there.

I suppose I should start trying to sell stuff myself.
28th-Feb-2008 09:31 pm (UTC)
Selling old stuff is risky, IMO. If you do it now you might get more for it, but it also might prove useful later so you might want to keep it. Plus not all groups will switch over on day 1. I might buy the books, but I'm not sure I'm ready to give up 3.xE quite yet. I'll admit that from a financial perspective, 4E makes me nervous, but it sounds like it might be a good system. We'll see once I get my grubby little hands on it. :)
28th-Feb-2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
sounds good. but he sounds kinda gushy.
28th-Feb-2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
That's pretty cool. I mean, the big thing that's offputting about 4e is the price and the idea of suddenly learning an entirely new terminology. You get this with any game - the price is the part that really stings, mind - so it's nice to hear someone say once you get past that, it's worthwhile.
29th-Feb-2008 12:51 am (UTC)
Eh, I can't say that I am that impressed with the review content because it is buried under a lot of overexcited hype but points to him for caring so much...
29th-Feb-2008 08:11 am (UTC)
This is pretty much what I thought. It's great that he's so excited, but it doesn't address the changes substantially.

I've actually tried to keep abreast of some of the confirmed changes that are coming out, and they look terrible. The way they're changing critical hits is in no way "intuitive". A lot of the content they're removing or shifting to "further release", like Half-Orcs and Gnomes, are things that people have enjoyed about the core set for a long time.

I don't get knee-deep into five hundred nerds' worth of 4E worries, but what I do happen to see makes me think that they're taking their gameplay from WoW and their release strategies from M:TG. If it's as bad as I think it is, I'll probably either stick to 3.5 or GURPS. But hey, maybe I'll be proven wrong.
1st-Mar-2008 09:02 pm (UTC)
and their release strategies from M:TG.

Please, Pelor, no...
1st-Mar-2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
There is no dishonor at all in staying with 3.5, it's probably what I'll be doing.
1st-Mar-2008 10:10 pm (UTC) - Huh...
Anonymous
It shows some promise, I suppose. More than it did six months ago at any rate. But I'm still not sold on it. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I'll believe when I see and when I have it in my hands, not before. Although I will say that either 4e is awesome or the people who playtested it were given psychological screening to see if they would like it. He seems pretty into it.

Yeah, yeah, I know, paranoia galore... sheesh... what have I come to? XD
1st-Mar-2008 10:12 pm (UTC) - Re: Huh...
Um, yeah... this was me before I signed in. Also, this doesn't even remotely negate my chagrin at having to relearn the gods-damned rules and buy the books all over again. But perhaps I'm just being bitter. XD
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