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    The New D&D Next Official Site

    WotC has launched its new official home for D&D Next.

    The new page features all the latest and greatest on D&D Next including articles from Wizards, discussions about the future of the game, and seminar transcripts from the recent D&D Experience event. It will also soon house features like Live Chats, a calendar of upcoming events and, once playtesting begins, materials will be available for download through this page. (Please note that this new site does not signify the start of playtesting we will, of course, let you know once that begins!)
    In addition, the main D&D site has been redesigned.

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    Am I the only one that thinks it might be in poor taste to still advertise Essentials as the what to buy if you're new to D&D when a new version is coming in a year?
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    Quote Originally Posted by OpsKT View Post
    Am I the only one that thinks it might be in poor taste to still advertise Essentials as the what to buy if you're new to D&D when a new version is coming in a year?
    It's not in poor taste. It's still the proper recommendation for what to buy if you're new to D&D. I don't think telling someone who is interested in the hobby that they shouldn't bother enjoying the hobby because something might be out in the next year or two is the right thing to do at all.

    I'll never understand the idea that D&D materials somehow obsolesce in the mere anticipation of something that doesn't yet exist.

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    Fair enough, let me explain in more detail.

    WotC knows what happened when they changed from v3.0 to v3.5. There was a small uproar. People thought it was an attempt to get more money, rather than address game issues (it was probably a bit of both).

    A similar thing happened with the v3.5 to 4e change. That fractured the base and led to Pathfinder.

    We saw similar rumblings again when Essentials came out.

    If they want this to be the edition to unite players, they might want to at least make it clear that you are buying a soon to be legacy edition. I got no problem with trying to sell the last books, but be honest. It's just good PR.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OpsKT View Post
    Am I the only one that thinks it might be in poor taste to still advertise Essentials as the what to buy if you're new to D&D when a new version is coming in a year?
    Yes.

    You are the only one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OpsKT View Post
    Am I the only one that thinks it might be in poor taste to still advertise Essentials as the what to buy if you're new to D&D when a new version is coming in a year?
    Not really... My intro to D&D was with some random really late 2E boxed set called the "Adventure Set" (a rather decent intro to the game, THAC0 aside) that nobody ever seems to have heard of. A few months after I bought it, I got the newly released first print run 3E PHB. I think both products were even printed the same year (with that 25th anniversary logo). The edition whiplash didn't bug me at all. Actually, in my ignorance I just thought that the 'real' rules were vastly superior to the 'fake' rules from the box set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwinBahamut View Post
    Not really... My intro to D&D was with some random really late 2E boxed set called the "Adventure Set" (a rather decent intro to the game, THAC0 aside) that nobody ever seems to have heard of.
    I know exactly which set you mean! This one:

    It was published in April 1999 (so a little more than a year before 3rd Edition) and it uses a version of the rules that isn't 2nd Edition, 3rd Edition or BECMI D&D, but its own unique hybrid.

    It's also the only version of D&D to include a creature called a "Xvarg", which presumably has the Special Ability:
    • Typographical error: This creature has the ability to change one letter of its name, to foil adventurers' efforts to use knowledge skills to identify it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Echohawk View Post
    I know exactly which set you mean! This one:

    It was published in April 1999 (so a little more than a year before 3rd Edition) and it uses a version of the rules that isn't 2nd Edition, 3rd Edition or BECMI D&D, but its own unique hybrid.
    I've never heard of this! Where can I learn more about it? The rpg geek link has no real info.

    Edit: Specifically, where can I learn about the rules?
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    I own it. It is very basic 2nd edition AD&D (even though is says its just D&D). Comes with pre-made PCs, basic adventure and some handouts. Is there anything in particular you want to know? Trust me, you aren't missing out on anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OpsKT View Post
    If they want this to be the edition to unite players, they might want to at least make it clear that you are buying a soon to be legacy edition. I got no problem with trying to sell the last books, but be honest. It's just good PR.
    How more clear do they need to be about the upcoming new edition? They're hardly keeping it a secret. Are you saying they've managed to somehow keep you unaware of it?
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