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D&D 5E "5E is of no interest to me" - really? Already?

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People can make decisions for purely financial or personal reasons that have nothing to do with game rules.

Moreover, the basic design goals and some details are also significant. If you'd told me before 4e about its basic design goals, I could have told you I wasn't interested without reading the PHB (though I have paged through it).

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Personally it's not so much ''already'' as ''yet''. I've seen nothing to really indicate that the next edition isn't just retreading the same ground that really didn't work for me in 3e and 4e.

Of course I'm sure I'll experience the same swell of irrational enthusiasm that I have for the previous two and a half editions, probably snap up all of the core books and try and run it. So if it's any more of what I want I don't expect to miss out. But at this point I just expect (eventual) disappointment from D&D.


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I don't think that "I have no interest in 5e" is an ultimatum. It just means that what has been shown to the general public is conceptual and vague. You got some folks who have played various versions or concepts of the game at private NDA bound playtests, you've got Monte firing potshots at random themes and ideas with silly polls that seem have a negative reception because they lack clarity. And finally you have the idea of bridging all the fans of various editions together to play one game to rule them all at the same table. Seems like they are shooting at the moon during the day.

I have to say its very intriguing to say the least, but its hard to get excited about colored puffs of smoke. Especially when there is no customer demand for 5e IMO. There is a WOTC need for a 5e, but I don't think the customers really NEED or even necessarily WANT it. Oldschool players have new products, 3.x players have new products, 2e players have new products, and 4e players have new products. So 5th edition is a product of WOTC's owners fiscal needs, not really because the hobby is stagnant and needs a new choice. I understand fiscal needs. I have them and every successful company I have ever done business lives by them, so I don't begrudge WOTC the right to make decisions based on them. But if you take WOTCs business needs out of the equation 5th edition doesn't make much sense to me in its timing.

But in the end I have been shown nothing to capture and HOLD my interest with 5e so far. So my general stance is hopeful but kind of unimpressed by the process so far. I have been shown concepts and ideas and I have pondered and discussed them with my peers and will likely continue to do so. I see a community broken up into pods of folks that all have a version of the game they love that is currently being supported in some way or another being told by WOTC "hey we have something new and its got some stuff that is really going to make you happy". When the pods say "cool tell me more Dr. WOTC", they get "Soon". Soon as presentation of whats to come really only works in a vacuum where the are no other options or those options suck. I think everyone playing D&D or a variant has access to fresh takes and currently supported options. So "soon" just doesn't cut the cheese all by it self for very long.

I think they need to go ahead and open the gates a little bit and let out some of that information into the wild if they want to generate lasting interest. It becomes increasingly hard to be amped about the upcoming when I like the current a great deal and the upcoming is being presented in smoke and mirrors. That being said even though I currently lack enthusiasm and interest in the way 5e has been presented to me thus far, I remain interested in the concept of 5e and check for new information several times a week. I understand they are being careful and rightly so IMO, but so far the public has really been shown nothing.

I think in the end OP you have a lot of folks who have no interest in what has been shown so far, which isnt much. What little we have been shown most of us already have access to. 5e is going to be a hard sell for WOTC because of this. Take your 3e and 4e crowds for example; why would a member of either of those groups get excited about a purposed game that compromises with the design style they do not like when they have new fresh options being made for an edition/flavor that supports everything they like with no compromises? This applies to any group of players who have a strong preference in current/previous edition especially when there are hot of the press products that strictly support the styles and desires of those editions SPECIFICALLY.

So don't get the undergarments twisted up just yet. I think we will see the real levels of interest when we start to see the data from WOTC. This edition they won't be enjoying the "Only Show in Town" status that inflated all of their previous editions initial sales(3e/4e). They have to actually generate interest this time around, and successfully market and sell their game. And the game has to stand on its own, as the definition of D&D in the mindshare of the fans has grown to include other offerings from other companies. So its no longer "man Im playing this OTHER game but there is a new edition of D&D coming out I should check that out for the nostalgia, I mean I liked D&D before edition x" but rather "Im playing a version of D&D not published by WOTC, and there is a new WOTC version coming out. Hmm Ill take a peep but if it doesn't give me all the nostalgia and happy that my current D&D fix is giving me, then i'm gonna pass"

What we are seeing is not a disinterest in D&D but rather focused interest in certain types of D&D and a lack of information on whether or not WOTC's new offering will meet the expectations being currently set by those sub-markets and the companies that cater to them. This will all change for weal or woe when WOTC quits talking big picture and starts in with the minutiae. How about those public playtests?

Sorry for the long post.




Slumbering in Tsar
Because I think many people have reached a point where they aren't simply going to buy a new Dungeons & Dragons just because it has the D&D name on it.

WOTC burnt a lot of bridges with 4e. For 5e, it's going to have to re-build them without burning bridges to 4e.

People aren't just lining up to throw money at WOTC, not when there are alternatives to those past editions that WOTC discarded. 3.x fans have Pathfinder and old school fans have a wealth of material, too thanks to OSRIC/LL/and other retro-clones.

All of the above.


Demon Lord
Because I think many people have reached a point where they aren't simply going to buy a new Dungeons & Dragons just because it has the D&D name on it.

WOTC burnt a lot of bridges with 4e. For 5e, it's going to have to re-build them without burning bridges to 4e.

People aren't just lining up to throw money at WOTC, not when there are alternatives to those past editions that WOTC discarded. 3.x fans have Pathfinder and old school fans have a wealth of material, too thanks to OSRIC/LL/and other retro-clones.

Yep. Agreed. I've also heard/read a number of people are getting tired of the badly worded polls and poorly written L&L (and other) articles. Several think they're nothing more than a PR stunt. (Seems some are pushing people away or causing them to lose interest, at least for now.)


I won't say that 5e is of no interest to me, but my initial enthusiasm has long since worn off. With every week that passes, and with every "Legends & Lore" article I read, my interest in the game drops further.

I don't even read them anymore. If there's one thing I learned in the weeks before DDXP, it was that Monte Cook is just really terrible when it comes to putting his thoughts into words that he presents the public. Lots of his statements didn't make any sense and were then later elaborated on by others from the design team, who usually were able to put it in a way that appears reasonable, but actually means more the opposite of what the original statement seemed to imply. The "new edition is compatible with material from all other editions" thing comes to mind. He didn't exactly say that, but he strongly implied it, until a few days later someone else rephrased it in a way that outrightly said "there is no compatibility". But I've seen statements from Cook years before that, which also made as much sense.
Not everyone is good at making public announcements, and this doesn't imply anything about his qualifications as a game designer. Just why they keep allowing him to write the L&L articles is beyond me. :erm:

Well I'm frickin' tired of the negativity.

It's one thing to be cynical about WotC's ability to deliver on its promises, but I think too many people around here have convinced themselves that 5e is going to be nothing but what they hate about D&D.

If after six months of the playtest rules, it's obvious what the shape of the game is going to be, I can see dismissing it without trying it first. But WotC is attempting to do this project in the way we all said we wanted (up front, with early playtesting and feedback) and I think they deserve our enthusiasm, at least for the attempt.

At least wish them good luck, people.


i'm still very interested in 5e. We know so little about it, and so much is subject to change. I was tired of 3e, and 4e left a bad taste in my mouth, so i welcome a new iteration of D&D with open arms. And if i don't like the final ruleset, i just won't buy it.


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I will judge 5e on its own merits when it will come out. When I first went through the 4e PHB I told to myself "what the hell are these encounter and daily powers?", and then after a few weeks 4e became my favourite iteration (as Wizards would put it) and I have no desire to go back to previous ones.

But maybe there will be a reason to move to 5e. Let it come and be fair towards it.


I actually don't see why people are ynoyed about negative reactions. If people just don't care, they won't visit 5th Edition forums to harras other users. And those people who do are just idiots who would behave that way about everything and its opposite. Though to be fair, I don't recal seeing anyone of the second category.

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