D&D 4E Ben Riggs' "What the Heck Happened with 4th Edition?" seminar at Gen Con 2023

Micah Sweet

Level Up & OSR Enthusiast
There's that name again, DM's Guild.

It would be a great product anywhere, in my opinion. It's more likely that WotC would produce it, all official-like, since they're the IP holders. Maybe I'm missing something but producing it on DM's Guild isn't going to automatically make it better, right?
I don't  ever count on WotC to produce something I want.

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Micah Sweet

Level Up & OSR Enthusiast
I would say that the stats are the most important part of the Monster Manual. especially for people with a simulationist agenda, as these are the mechanics that enable the players to interact with the fiction in a "tangible" sense.

Sure, but I read fiction and non-fiction for inspirational leisurely pleasure.

This is blatantly false and harmful against 4e to boot. It's pretty clear IMHO that 4e D&D harmonized the fiction of the implied setting to a far greater degree before or sense in D&D. The fiction for the monsters, player abilities, and more were vastly important to the overarching meta-narrative of the World Axis cosmos.
Don't get me wrong, the lore in 4e is pretty good and I have no issue with it taken in isolation. But it really doesn't matter to the game, where the rules trump everything.

Micah Sweet

Level Up & OSR Enthusiast
My 166-pages document made up from lore collected from every 4e book I have (including lore from the one paragraph description of attack powers) says otherwise...
Producing lore, no matter the quality, doesn't make it matter insofar as adjudicating the rules is concerned.

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