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Also, a new Unearthed Arcana, Henchmen! Sounds like it will be a good month (has my birthday come early?), but the number of articles seems reduced. Perhaps this is a return to longer articles, like we'll be getting with the Warlord update?
 


MrMyth

First Post
Also, a new Unearthed Arcana, Henchmen! Sounds like it will be a good month (has my birthday come early?), but the number of articles seems reduced. Perhaps this is a return to longer articles, like we'll be getting with the Warlord update?

They recently have reduced the amount of content in Dungeon and Dragon. These days they are aiming for a word count of 50,000 - 60,000 words, compared to previously having 80,000 - 100,000 or more. (And in February, with the missing articles, they only ended up with 35,000 - 40,000 words).

That said, I continue to like the articles they are producing. And they do seem to have boosted the size a bit - articles have been 6-8 pages, instead of 3-4 pages. But I do really wish we had more than 4-5 feature articles in a month.

I do continue to really like to see them expanding the options in the game via Unearthed Arcana. Those are consistently the articles I most anticipate each month.
 

Nemesis Destiny

Adventurer
I'm cautiously optimistic that this heralds the return of consistently good magazine content.

Nice to see they put their money where their mouth was, so to speak, and are releasing some of the cancelled content through DDI. I hoped that we would see it thus, but did not actually expect it.
 

Ok, there we got it. Investing in D&D insider and essentials starts paying off... but i really don´t see why it is a thin month again... 8 articles. Which is exactly the number we were used to when dragon content was added on monday and friday and now i see what you all mean... those articles were longer those days... but this reversed trend started with thos big adventures before christmas and the complete assassin article...
 

All I know is that it is a more interesting issue than the last couple were. That's enough for me. Last month wasn't bad though, things are trending towards better stuff for sure. Personally I'd rather see the slightly smaller number of articles that are all really interesting vs some of the older issues that had tons of stuff but 3/4 of it was blah.
 

samursus

Explorer
Wow... most of these articles are of much interest to me. Usually, at the most, its 1 or 2 and frequently none of them interest me. The quality is definitely getting better.
 



Nikosandros

Golden Procrastinator
Was there some warlords article previously slated for release that got cut? When did they 'take warlords away' in the first place?
There was a whole book slated for release, that would have included that information for all the PHB1 classes. When the book cancellation was officially announced, it was strongly implied that the material would eventually be published through DDI.
 





cignus_pfaccari

First Post
I am so lucky, i live outside USA, so wizards spies didn´t find me and blackened all references to warlords from my books, pdf´s and washed my memory...

FASA used to do that. I'll never forget the night they kicked in the door on our SR1 game and forcibly upgraded us to SR2...the physad player still suffers nightmares, I hear.

Brad
 

cignus_pfaccari

First Post
?Melee training factors into it... how?

It made basic attacks from non-Str classes much, much stronger. My avenger had a Str of 11, but using her Wis of 20 made her MBAs granted by the bard or warlord much more useful.

And it's not like Melee Weapon Training is useless at half mod to damage now; in my avenger's case, it'd still be +5 to hit and +2 damage, and if you don't hit, you don't do any damage at all.

Brad
 

Nemesis Destiny

Adventurer
FASA used to do that. I'll never forget the night they kicked in the door on our SR1 game and forcibly upgraded us to SR2...the physad player still suffers nightmares, I hear.

Brad
That's why I stopped spending any karma to bond my dice foci; their damned mages kept using them to ground their tracking spells. I could never get any peace from them.
 

webrunner

First Post
Was there some warlords article previously slated for release that got cut? When did they 'take warlords away' in the first place?

Warlords were not present in Essentials, despite being kind of a 'poster child' of 4th edition. Back when 4e was new it was the most divisive and unique and discussed thing in terms of the magic versus non magic question. Being the class that it was it really sort of brought a question of what warlord would look like post-essentials, which is why most people were looking forward to class Compendium.

Whether the warlord in Class Compendium is "Essentialized" or just "new stuff" is still up in the air, though.
 

Melee training factors into it... how?

The warlord hands out MBA's like candy. Classes like the slayer can take Melee Training so they're only dependent on a single stat to maximize their combat effectiveness; as a result, they can become unbalanced compared to other strikers, especially when optimized. That's why WotC nerfed Melee Training last September, IIRC.

Apart from this balance issue that has been fixed, what part of the warlord doesn't "play right with 4eE"?
 

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