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D&D 4th Edition Announced

The announcement has been made:

Today, Wizards of the Coast confirms that the new edition will launch in May 2008 with the release of the D&D Player's Handbook.

The 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons game includes elements familiar to current D&D players, including illustrated rulebooks and pre-painted plastic miniatures. Also releasing next year will be new web-based tools and online community forums through the brand-new Dungeons & Dragons Insider (D&D Insider) digital offering. D&D Insider lowers the barriers of entry for new players while simultaneously offering the depth of play that appeal to veteran players.

The 4th Edition rules emphasize faster game play, offer exciting new character options, and reduce the amount of "prep time" needed to run the game. D&D Insider includes a character creator that lets players design and equip their D&D characters, dungeon- and adventure-building tools for Dungeon Masters, online magazine content, and a digital game table that lets you play 24/7 on the internet — the perfect option for anyone who can't find time to get together.

"We've been gathering player feedback for eight years," said Bill Slavicsek, R&D Director of Roleplaying and Miniatures Games at Wizards of the Coast. "Fourth Edition streamlines parts of the D&D game that are too complex, while enhancing the overall play experience. At its heart, it's still a tabletop game experience. However, D&D Insider makes it easier for players to create characters, run their games, and interact with the rest of the D&D community."

Wizards of the Coast will release two 4th Edition preview books in December and January — Wizards Presents: Classes and Races and Wizards Presents: Worlds and Monsters. The full scope of 4th Edition books, miniatures, and adventures will be available in the spring and summer of 2008.


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Aug. 16th, 2007 11:30 am (UTC)
Thanks, Angus!

*cuts and pastes all over the place*
Aug. 16th, 2007 11:50 am (UTC)
Part of me wishes it were called 'D&D Outsider'.
Aug. 16th, 2007 11:57 am (UTC)

I'm wondering why they went back completely on what they were saying before. Economic shove from Hasbro? Something else going on in the background. People inside were saying 'no way' even recently.
Aug. 16th, 2007 12:04 pm (UTC)
Oh well. Looks like I'll have a lot more money for other things then.
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Aug. 16th, 2007 01:47 pm (UTC)
I've found the exact opposite - the streamlining of the combat system leaves more time for the actual gaming.
Aug. 16th, 2007 03:46 pm (UTC)
You mean it isn't a tactical squad based miniature game?
Aug. 16th, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC)
If this means...
I have liked to play with the minis, but hated buying random packs. I want to be able to buy 'adventure sets' of minis and move forward from there.

I own quite the stack of 3E and 35 books. I'm going to be buying 4. I just want to be able to purpose buy the minis instead of literally wasting money on stuff I'm never going to use.

If 4Venture comes with a pound of orcs, goblins and skeletons, I'm set with bells on.
Aug. 16th, 2007 05:01 pm (UTC)
Re: If this means...
I agree. I don't need random packs of minis.
Aug. 16th, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC)
Re: If this means...
There are sites selling D&D minis singles, like Thirteenth Floor in the UK. I've got most of mine that way.
Aug. 18th, 2007 01:53 pm (UTC)
Meh. They won't be getting any of my money.
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