Thursday, May 22, 2014

5th Edition Recent News

Blogs everywhere are covering 5th Edition's news, so at first I was staying away from the topic, but today's updates at 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.


Bonemaster said...

Personally when I hear villain organizations, I think of Champions or some other sort of Superhero or spy thing.

C.D. Gallant-King said...

A print magazine in this day and age is probably never going to happen. Though it is more likely than a watchable D&D movie. Maybe they should just remake Hawk the Slayer.

Argon said...

The problem with the previous D&D movies is they focus on game mechanics instead of telling an actual story.

When we've seen movies like Dragon Slayer, Krull, Jason and the Argonauts, and Conan. Many of us thought of playing a game that enabled us to delve into that world. D&D gives us that option. So a riveting storyline with good actors and writing would only boost ones interest-- in a game that supported an emersion into that world

mortellan said...

Bonemaster: Yup you said it! I really can't wait to see what they come up with.

CD: I'm inclined to agree with you there. Hawk the Slayer remake? Well overdue.

Argon: I thought the recent Syfy movie "Book of Vile Darkness" wasn't too bad, but it still felt gamey. Heh.