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Parmandur

Legend
It has some new content, the original books were seperate books, so I'm counting it.

I have the book and have read it: the new material in terms of intro, organization and the art gallery is minimal though I am happy with it. It is a premium reprint with Errata, released in select hobby shops.
 


They have specifically said they have no plans to update the board game to fit 5E rules, because they have a greater value in supporting the boardgame fanbase with continuing to use 4E compatible rules. Go figure.
Wow, that makes less than sense than usual.

For one thing the basic mechanics are hardly different, at all. And stand-out differences, like BA, wouldn't even come up. Guess it's been too long - 9 years? - since I played castle ravenloft, I can't think how 5e-izing 'em would screw it up.

For another, that there's even a 'board game fanbase' to support, separately.
 

I buy them used for the miniatures, I do like the board game but I never really get it to the table. I know it’s played a lot by other folks I know.
Yeah, the 'bone' style minis in castle Ravenloft have seen some use - I've long since adopted a table convention of minis for PCs & allies, tokens for monsters/enemies, myself, though.
 

Parmandur

Legend
Wow, that makes less than sense than usual.

For one thing the basic mechanics are hardly different, at all. And stand-out differences, like BA, wouldn't even come up. Guess it's been too long - 9 years? - since I played castle ravenloft, I can't think how 5e-izing 'em would screw it up.

For another, that there's even a 'board game fanbase' to support, separately.

No reason for them to split the boardgame fanbase. If the game has continued to sell for 9 years, no need to rock the boat.
 

No reason for them to split the boardgame fanbase. If the game has continued to sell for 9 years, no need to rock the boat.
The decision point wouldve been 4 or 5 years ago, and, while I can see being funny after the carnage if the edition war, I'd see no reason to think whatever fan base the boardgames had at that time would've been as entrenched and violently resistant to change as that.
 

Parmandur

Legend
The decision point wouldve been 4 or 5 years ago, and, while I can see being funny after the carnage if the edition war, I'd see no reason to think whatever fan base the boardgames had at that time would've been as entrenched and violently resistant to change as that.

Well, the game's still sell: they are not things that used to sell, bit have stopped selling. As such, it would be bad business to ruin backwards compatibility moving forwards.
 


Parmandur

Legend
Yeah, but they stopped being an on-ramp to D&D, their parent line. It doesn't make sense to ruin that compatibility, either.

Mearls said during the Happy Fun Hour, when asked if they would receive a 5E facelift, that these boardgames are still working as an on-ramp, and aren't confusing anybody. Boardgames and RPGs are different beasts, after all.
 


Hussar

Legend
Yeah, but they stopped being an on-ramp to D&D, their parent line. It doesn't make sense to ruin that compatibility, either.

That's the thing though. As you say yourself @Tony Vargas - the rules between 4e and 5e aren't actually all that different. So, there's no real need for a change in the rules for the board game to still work as an on ramp to D&D. Sure, there are some minor, cosmetic differences mechanically between 4e and 5e (healing surges and encounter balance probably being the biggest ones) but, overall, anyone who can read a 4e character sheet can read a 5e character sheet without any real difficulty.

5e is mostly backward compatible with 4e - there aren't that many mechanical changes.
 

That's the thing though. As you say yourself - the rules between 4e and 5e aren't actually all that different.
Well, I was more sorta quoting you without attribution, if I'm being honest.

5e is mostly backward compatible with 4e - there aren't that many mechanical changes.
Heck, the first few levels I've found 5e backwards compatible with 1e. ;)
 




Honestly? I hope never/not for a good long time.

I'm going to be starting DnD for the first time very soon and already I've invested in Tyranny of Dragons(2019), Descent into Avernus, Mists of Akuma(Third Party), and The Essentials Starter Kit.

Once I get the PHB/DMG and Ebberon, it's on!!! Super excited. Been wanting to play for A LONG TIME but nobody I knew played it. So DMing for the first time as well.
 



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