5E Monte Cook Leaves WotC - No Longer working on D&D Next [updated] - Page 13
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    I'm not sure why everyone has gone off in the directions as their initial reactions. My gut reaction is that there was a conflict of interest (side projects and such) that Cook felt strongly enough to leave over. If Wizards legal department tried to strong-arm him over his concurrent projects, then I can see him leaving.

    Anything else seems unlikely to me. Wizards knew what they were getting when they brought him on board, and he knew what company he signed a deal with at the beginning. I can't see anything design wise causing either to sever ties at this point.

    Legal, though...that'll get you every time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warunsun View Post
    This thread is sad so I shall derail it:
    Wizards of the Coast to reprint Third Edition???

    According to the Barnes and Noble website:
    BARNES & NOBLE | Dungeons & Dragons Player's Handbook: Core Rulebook I, V. 3.5 with Errata by Wizards RPG Team, Wizards of the Coast | Hardcover

    Dungeons & Dragons Player's Handbook: Core Rulebook I, V. 3.5 with Errata
    ISBN-13: 9780786962464
    Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
    Publication date: 9/18/2012
    Pages: 320
    This item will be available on September 18, 2012.

    BARNES & NOBLE | Dungeons & Dragons Dungeons Master's Guide: Core Rulebook II, V. 3.5 with Errata by Wizards RPG Team, Wizards of the Coast | Hardcover

    Dungeons & Dragons Dungeons Master's Guide: Core Rulebook II, V. 3.5 with Errata
    ISBN-13: 9780786962440
    Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
    Publication date: 9/18/2012
    Pages: 320
    This item will be available on September 18, 2012.

    Speculate on this! Or is this actually the release date of fifth edition? (September 18, 2012)

    Good Gaming!
    Very interesting. Those appear to be unique ISBNs--I'm not finding them associated with the old 3.5 books.

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    Regardless of the reasons for Monte's leaving, the end result for me is that my enthusiasm for 5E took a definite downturn upon my learning of his departure. I'm still interested to see what the remaining design team comes up with, but at best, my current enthusiasm level could be summed up with a resounding 'ehh".

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    I'm really disappointed by this news, I love Monte's work.

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    Horrible news.

    My interest in DDN has drop a lot.

    Shame on some 4vengers comments.

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    A lot of weight in DDN designer's shoulders now.

    I'd hire some 2E or 3E designer asap...

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    My guess is that it's probably something in the business plan. Remember these business decision gems from WotC?

    1) Releasing 3.5 right on the heels of 3.0.

    2) Hard-wiring grid & minis combat into the 3e and 4e rules to support their minis line.

    3) Splatbooks rushed out the door with seemingly no editing/playtesting, like Sword & Fist.

    4) Holding back "core" monsters from the 4e Monster Manual in order to help sales of future Monster Manuals.

    I wouldn't be surprised at all if something like this lead Monte to quit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WheresMyD20 View Post
    2) Hard-wiring grid & minis combat into the 3e and 4e rules to support their minis line. Which they then cancelled.
    Fixed that for you.

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    A lot of weight in DDN designer's shoulders now.

    I'd hire some 2E or 3E designer asap...
    How about Frank Mentzer, the lead editor for BECMI D&D? He's still around and working in the game industry along with some of the other old timers like Tim Kask and Jim Ward.

    I'm not sure if they'd want to be involved or if WotC would want them to be involved. However, if WotC is serious about this being a unification edition, it would be worth reaching out to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WheresMyD20 View Post
    My guess is that it's probably something in the business plan. Remember these business decision gems from WotC?

    1) Releasing 3.5 right on the heels of 3.0.

    2) Hard-wiring grid & minis combat into the 3e and 4e rules to support their minis line.

    3) Splatbooks rushed out the door with seemingly no editing/playtesting, like Sword & Fist.

    4) Holding back "core" monsters from the 4e Monster Manual in order to help sales of future Monster Manuals.

    I wouldn't be surprised at all if something like this lead Monte to quit.
    Exactly.

    This is why I would never fully buy in to D&D again as long as WotC is the publisher.

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