D&D 5e Announced

I haven’t yet checked RPGBA today, but even without watching the reaction at google+ I’m pretty sure there is a lot of reaction to Wizard’s announcement that they are developing D&D 5e (which I might have thought they’d have somewhere easy to find on their site, but, well, it is wizards.com).

On the other hand, we had a lot of indicators, so I suspect much of the reaction is “yeah, we saw that coming”.  I know we’ve been talking about it for a few months in IRC (and otherwise ignoring it), and I even had a ‘breaking rumor‘ three months ago about it.  In other words, as much as it’s an announcement, I expect it’s not one that surprised too many people.

The first notice I had of it was a comment from a friend in IM (quoted below) that kind of sums up my reaction to it.

So as expected, announcement of 5e development starting. Looks like they want to make it a bit more generic a rules system, to support lots of different types of campaigns. My initial thought: “What’ll they call it, DERPS?”

As I described in My Favorite D&D, I was somewhat dubious when I read the 4e design goals.  The 5e goals have me outright skeptical, but I will check in from time to time to see how things are coming.

Unless something happens that really sparks my excitement, though, at this point I don’t really plan to post any more on the topic.

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