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Edition Scares

A little over a week ago, Wizards of the Coast and DNDBeyond revealed some of the details of the upcoming One D&D, the next edition of Dungeons & Dragons. And, as any veteran of RPGs can tell you, there was both a positive outcry ("This looks great") and a negative one ("I hate this!") — just as most of us had expected. Now, I'm not here to judge if the changes are going to be good or bad - simply put, they're still in playtest, so some will inevitably make it into the next version, while others won't depending on the feedback. I would say though, that I think that this is far more ready than most people expect, due to the pipeline that it takes to put a book out into the world when it requires physical printing and shipping across the world. I would expect that any changes would need to be locked in by January though, depending on when the release is - locking it in 12 months ahead should be about enough so that the rest of the books can be written, edited, and the artwork sourced.

However, all of that is to say that those who have been in the hobby longer than just the 5th Edition of Dungeons & Dragons have seen a lot of what you're about to experience:

  • People outraged at the change.

  • People excited about the change.


  • People who pledge to stay with X edition because it's their favorite (usually this will be an edition that's older than the current one, i.e. 5th).

And everything in between. But what you will probably not see is that most people, whether they realize it or not, are likely to move forward to the new edition, as it will most likely be a natural evolution (with Wizards of the Coast pledging that One D&D will be backward compatible this is even more likely — it has to be said I have an issue with that term. It stems from video and console games, and it has a very wide definition of what that means, leaving us all a bit in the dark) rather than a complete rewrite of what came before (for the older players among us (which includes me) it'll be more like the evolution from 3.0 to 3.5 than AD&D to 3.0 or from 3.5 to 4th Edition) as it is extremely unlikely that Wizards of the Coast will allow for a new player to enter the fray, as Paizo did with Pathfinder back when they moved from 3.5 to 4th Edition.

What you will likely find as well is that regardless of YOUR choice and what you do with your game — you'll always be able to find someone to play with, or be able to introduce others to your game of choice, whether that is the latest shiny or an original copy of Dungeons and Dragons (which incidentally is usually referred to as OD&D — THAT is going to be confusing with the newest one sharing that abbreviation — perhaps I should refer to it as 1D&D for now. :P ).

That said, we fully expect that we'll be supporting the newest edition for D&D as well when it comes out in 2024, but until then we remain committed to 5th Edition, alongside our other offerings. :)

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