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The new d20 rules. 
9th-Jan-2003 07:56 pm
Wizard’s are releasing newly revised core rules for d20 D&D this year. It’s not entirely clear if they’ll be backwards compatible with the first issue of the third edition. Assuming that the new rules are backwards compatible, are you looking forward to them?

Poll #90425 Revised d20

Are you looking forward to the revised d20 rules?

Yes – I can’t wait to see the new rules
Yes – I suppose so, it’ll be interesting if expensive
No – I won’t be buying this new books
No – I don’t want to have to buy new books but I feel as if I have to buy these
No – WotC must be joking! The bastards!
Dunno – I’m not sure (and probably have posted a comment about this)

9th-Jan-2003 12:55 pm (UTC) - In good old slashdot tradition:
Missing Poll Option: I'm looking forward to it, but won't be buying it.

If, as I suspect, Monte Cook's already published alterations are included, I really can't wait. His "new" ranger class wans so much better, and more balanced than the original. I haven't seen the other class(es) that he has changed. I suspect that it will be changes like this that will be incorporated. I certainly hope so.

As mentioned in an earlier thread, the whole buying the new revised edition isn't really an issue. With the open gaming license we can get copies of the relevant changes for free. Plus, who knows, they may even do an official errata for those who can't afford it.
9th-Jan-2003 01:05 pm (UTC) - Re: In good old slashdot tradition:
No need to worry about buying the new books if you already have the original 3e ones. The modifications will be posted in the SRD. Good thing, too - while I'm looking forward to what they might do (especially if they use Monte Cook's stuff from his site), I'm not about to shell out any cash on buying something that I pretty much already have...
9th-Jan-2003 01:05 pm (UTC) - Re: In good old slashdot tradition:
Well. Monte Cook isn't included in the list of authors. Other recent "fire-res" like Skip Williams are though. Arcana Unearthed should be compatible with the new rules though because Malhavoc would be foolish to release it until it was.
9th-Jan-2003 01:14 pm (UTC) - Re: In good old slashdot tradition:
Since Monte Cook was heavily involved in the original core books, I don't see that they'd necessarily mention his name for adding stuff to the original rules. Unless they remove his name off the credits from the new books - which would be an incredible cheek and I doubt they'd do that.
9th-Jan-2003 01:22 pm (UTC) - Re: In good old slashdot tradition:
His name sells books. If they could use it, they would.
9th-Jan-2003 09:25 pm (UTC)
Well, I guess I should hold off on getting the players guide for a little while longer. =p

It is a good thing when your friends have all the books.

Still I have the DM guide and was hoping to run my own game in a few months so I wanted to pick up the Player's guide but I'll just wait now. No need to waste money.
9th-Jan-2003 09:32 pm (UTC)
Well, I haven’t checked the catalogue to see when in 2003 the new books are being released. December would be bad.
11th-Jan-2003 06:08 am (UTC)
I'm really losing track of all the editions. I remember when I was simply proud that I played AD&D instead of plain old D&D. I heard something about some kind of less restrictive arrangement than TSR had which allows third party vendors to sell modules and so forth. If you feel like informing me at all I'd appreciate it. I would get into role playing again if I could write freely about it.
11th-Jan-2003 06:20 am (UTC)
The d20 systed used by Dungeons and Dragons has an open license. This means that by including the license text and agreeing to some restrictions you can write your own modules, sourcebooks and adventures. You can even write a whole new game (that isn't Dungeons and Dragons at all) in the d20 system. There are extra conditions and catches if you want to use the d20 logo on your books.

I think this link is a good place to start if you want to get into the gritty of it. If you're familiar with how open source software works then you're off to a flying start.

I use this. I'm no writer but on my site I have a database where users can submit their own d20/D&D spells. It's all smoothly legal. All the submitted spells are considered to be open license too and so any other publisher out there could include them in their book.
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