Crusty Old Meatwad (he/him)
Is there any real doubt now that WotC's business model of slower release schedule is anything but a phenomenal success?
Why yes. From this guy:
No Golden Age for D and D 5e.....Its a dinosaur of an edition/game that specifically is built contrary, and as a reaction to, modern Gamist principles - despite its self serving and self proclaimed label as "The Edition for Everyone". Its sloppy, inconsistent, imbalanced, and fluffy.
You present a lot of supposed evidence it is doing well ("Wizards won't release sales figures but....") but the only real thing that matters is how often they release new books/modules/gadgets/etc. If the game was actually doing well, we would see a LOT more releases - strike while the iron's hot so to speak. Capitalism exposes the Posers every time lol....
D and D 5e = Poser, propped up by excited Revolutionaries who won the edition wars and are excited. [yawn]
Yes the decline started earlier. Gaming preferences have changed in the last few decades. Gamists rule now (3 words: World of Warcraft), and 4e was an attempt to reach out beyond the little rpg niche base. It was a great strategy, one that if successful would ensure D and D's survival (in modified form) into the future. But the hardcore rpg D and D base threw a hissy-fit and revolted. Bye Bye 4e. 5e, despite its alleged status as "The Game for Everyone," is a throwback and not at all an attempt to reach out to a wider base. Because of that, D and D will be dying a slow death. Comparing flat numbers across decades and declaring "record sales" doesn't change that. Its all about market share.