ANNOUNCEMENT: D&D 5e Coming, Will Use Fan Input

It’s coming! According to the NYT, 5e’s announcement is imminent, coming around 10 EST. According to the article:

“On Monday, Wizards of the Coast, the Hasbro subsidiary that owns the game, is expected to announce that a new edition is under development, the first overhaul of the rules since the contentious fourth edition was released in 2008. And Dungeons & Dragons’ designers are also planning to undertake an exceedingly rare effort for the gaming industry over the next few months: asking hundreds of thousands of fans to tell them how exactly they should reboot the franchise.”

Now, they’ve already been asking for some time, in polls on their site, how it is they should proceed in future editions. My prediction? At DDXP there will be some playtesting going on, and a playtest document, similar to what Pathfinder put out when it was still in beta, will be released around that time.

Get ready for a brand new Edition War!

One thought on “ANNOUNCEMENT: D&D 5e Coming, Will Use Fan Input

  1. I do want to point out, that they say this open playtesting is a “rare” form. The first company to do it in my knowledge was Privateer Press, also located in the Seattle area. The open playtesting tok place for a three month period of time, and was a SMASH success. It allowed the producers to gather millions of entries, and wade through, removing all duplicate notes over the course of 9 months. It made the 2nd edition of Warmachine and Hordes amazingly better with little or no errata needed, because, well, if you listen to the fans, and have more than 6 people playtesting your game (as another big named company just had to make a retraction on an expansion because of this) you will have a better game. Not only is it nice to know that the newest edition will have good input (so long as Wizards does not disregard the input) but that once again, Privateer Press is changing the gaming industry, one idea at a time. That being said, their newest edition of IronKingdoms RPG, which will be their own this time, and not a 3.5 mod, should be out before GenCon, and will probably be worth looking at.
    (Steampunk, and fantasy? Yes please!)

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