Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Road to Gencon 2010: Next Year's D&D
The Group and I are all noobs when it comes to D&D. We have no experience actually playing anything before 4th Ed. and our d20 experience stretches all the way back to playing Star Wars Saga edition the year it was released. This preamble is simply to say that I don't have any first-hand experience with any of the existing settings. I was really excited last year with Eberron was announced as it's the only setting I really cared about (that I knew about, this part's important). Then at Gencon 2009 we got the Dark Sun announcement and I was even more intrigued. I knew nothing about it, but post-apocalyptic savage fantasy with magic that's truly dangerous struck my fancy right away.
I've been impressed so far with the distinctive and unique settings they're released for 4th Edition. All three campaign settings so far seem to offer very different atmospheres and experiences for players and GM-alike. At this point I'm hoping to see something new. Granted, all of the settings so far have been pretty new to me as a new player, but you start to see pretty quickly how related they are to their older settings. I wouldn't use "stale" to describe the settings we've seen, but I would like to see something completely original. I want to see a setting designed around the mechanics of 4th Edition. Wizards has done a great job of adapting all three (I'm assuming her with Dark Sun) campaign settings work with the new edition (specifically the powers mechanic), but I'd like to see something that integrates the mechanics from the ground up.