ENWorld featured a few things that caught my eye and are worth a bit of commentary.
"Sidebars in the new DMG help DMs to customize the game to match past editions of D&D."
I am anxious to see these sidebars. What parts of previous editions would I bring back or leave out? I don't even know where to start! That reveal alone is worth perusing the book to me.
"Then the WotC rep hinted at a D&D movie being in the works."
I don't know if this is news or a threat. Seriously though, until D&D as a franchise is treated with at least a fraction of the respect that Hasbro gives Transformers or GI Joe, you can't expect long time fans to be excited by a hint or otherwise.
"New emphasis on villainous organizations in the 2014 D&D Monster Manual to match the number of monsters in it."
I'm not sure what to make of this. When I hear villain organization I don't think monster manual first. That is unless your organizations are nonhuman. I hope they steer clear of borrowing Greyhawk orgs for this. Perhaps they mean Cult of the Dragon from FR (since that's their theme for the first modules).
"Also, the D&D Starter Set is now down to $12.66 on Amazon. Those retail prices are coming down already. The Player's Handbook is down to $30, Dungeon Master's Guide is $40, as is the Monster Manual."
This is a good sign. Public sentiment was a bit grumbly on the price.
"The flumph is confirmed to be in the MM."
Aww yeah, flumphs! Just what I always wanted. I would love to hear how they arrived at this decision. Who championed the flumph and why. I wonder what poor monster got bumped?
The more I see of this news, the more I think I will buy into this edition at least for the Core set. Beyond that, it'll take a Greyhawk or a print Dragon Magazine revival to really make me a hardcore fan.