So a little background, I didn’t really encounter D&D until college, and by “college” I mean 2003, so it was right there with D&D 3.0 and 3.5. I had a few terrible experiences with a few terrible DMs and decided I’d stick to my RIFTS and World of Darkness, thank you very much. A few years later I heard about D&D 4E, saw the similarities with the MMOs I’d been playing for years, and felt it was an elegant solution to all the problems I saw with earlier D&D. I’ve backed away from that opinion, but that’s maybe a discussion for another time.
By the time 5th Edition (are they really calling it D&D N5xt?) was announced, I’d already moved on to Pathfinder and figured there wasn’t anything they could do to bring me back. Then I started reading about things like Hexcrawls and disassociative mechanics and complete game structures… Suffice to say I dismissed 5E out of hand as something I could even care to follow.
This afternoon, I saw a post by a friend of a friend talking about the playtest materials (which I guess got released today?) and how it was a mix of 2E and 3E, consisted of a whole bunch of book-keeping, undid a bunch of what 4E had established, was catering to players that WotC had lost with 4E… And now I’m thinking maybe I should rethink my initial dismissal of 5E. Maybe there’s something there.
So, anyone out there been involved with D&D N5xt? Does anyone have the playtest materials and can give me a second opinion? Is there a way I can get the playtest materials?