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Thread: Time to bring back the prose?
Tuesday, 1st May, 2012, 11:30 PM #51
Spellbinder (Lvl 16)
D&D 4e has gotten better about being readable over the years. Really.
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Tuesday, 1st May, 2012, 11:39 PM #52
Tuesday, 1st May, 2012, 11:42 PM #53
There are 3 options:
1. Text that reads like flowery prose and includes rules that are impossible to find (AD&D style)
2. Text that reads like dry description and includes rules that are impossible to find (3.x style)
3. Text that reads like a game rulebook yet still includes rules that are difficult to find (4e style)
4. Text that reads like a game rulebook and includes rules that are easy to find (???)
I'll take 4, but I don't think Wizards of the Coast is capable (or willing) to write a game like that. If I had to choose between 1 and 2, I'd take 1.
Tuesday, 1st May, 2012, 11:47 PM #54
Hydra (Lvl 25)
Tuesday, 1st May, 2012, 11:50 PM #55
Magsman (Lvl 14)
Elemental Heroes: The Harbinger May/16/2012 http://community.wizards.com/incenjucar/blog/
Tuesday, 1st May, 2012, 11:57 PM #56
Scout (Lvl 6)
Wednesday, 2nd May, 2012, 12:00 AM #57
Hydra (Lvl 25)
Wednesday, 2nd May, 2012, 12:04 AM #58
Myrmidon (Lvl 10)
Nonetheless when I want to consult a book of rules, I want to immediately and effortlessly understand the points and the exceptions. This is probably because I am not mechanically apt, so I need very clear rules. The Fourth Edition is the most clearly written and organized set of rules for Dungeons & Dragons, and I want it to stay that way.
Put the flowery text in the read-aloud text in adventures and in the descriptions of the world in the campaign setting books.
Now playing 5th Edition as a substitute for my beloved 4th Edition.
Wednesday, 2nd May, 2012, 12:07 AM #59
Spellbinder (Lvl 16)
What I'm saying, though, is that the later 4e books are still accessible to younger readers, but ALSO engaging. I want (and expect) to see the first D&D Next books to be written in a similar way, which I expect you will enjoy.
Early 4e style: Not so good, and I'm glad they changed.
Later 4e style: Excellent, in my opinion. Clear, accessible, AND engaging.
I hope and expect to see the D&D Next books written in a similar style to the later 4e books, and I'm expecting that you'll like it, based on what you've said you want in a book.
Wednesday, 2nd May, 2012, 12:17 AM #60
Gallant (Lvl 3)
I know when I was reading them, I was basically just reading them to build characters, since I was "bringing with me" a ton of stuff from 3e.
Edit: Also, the mechanics informed a lot for me, which is how I ended up with the human ranger raised by the eladrin, who was the first human to be awarded the position of Stormwarden in all of history, who found ancient hide armor in the ruins of the ancient Tiefling empire as one of his capstone magical items. He was accompanied by an eladrin fighter who was his adoptive father's son, and the fighter's abilities were all informed by the mechanics (Using a spear and a longsword interchangably as the situation came about, having a bit of magic and ritual casting, and so on) as well as a half-elf rogue who had somehow been tricked in to forming a pact with a rival fey-lord (the half-elf racial powers, and the multiclass feats) and was traveling with them to find a way to be free.
And then they were all killed by Irontooth. Le Sigh.
Last edited by braro; Wednesday, 2nd May, 2012 at 12:24 AM. Reason: Observation