Welp, tomorrow begins the Next open playtest. The only remaining 4e project in the pipeline is a setting book for an author I don’t really care for. None of the Legends and Lore articles or the Rule of Three posts have been about 4e for a while now and the Dungeon and Dragon articles have been less than stellar since the Next announcement. It makes me sad. Tomorrow, when you’re looking over the playtest material, I would like for you to remember something:
There are people out there who liked 4e and now, for all intents and purposes, it is dead.
We’re allowed to be maudlin and disappointed. We’re allowed to describe our feelings about Next in terms of what we liked about 4e or about what worked for us. It’s not being a grognard to feel that some change is misplaced. It is being a grognard to tell people that the way they want to play is wrong and that not conforming to orthodoxy makes you “not a real D&D player”, whatever the hell that means.
The Evil GM.