Dungeons and Dragons future? Ray Winninger gives a nod to Mike Shea's proposed changes.

darjr

I crit!
He posts what he'd love to see for an updated 5th edition core rules at his blog SlyFlourish.
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Ray acknowledges his twitter post with "I think you're going to be pleased"

A great quick summary by user @overgeeked is below.

His main points are: Make 5.5 Fully 5e Compatible. Include Easier Encounter Building. Include "Theater of the Mind" Guidelines for Combat. Strengthen High-CR Monsters. Fix Certain Spells and Abilities. Include Tasha Upgrades. Provide Less Problematic Race Descriptions. Update the System Resource Document under the Open Gaming License. Leave the Rest Be.

Of those only one or two need any more explanation than the above. And a few of them we've been told are definitely how they're moving forward, such as backward compatibility, and they've already included others into newer products, such as Tasha's racial bonus flexibility and beefing-up higher CR monsters (as seen in Monsters of the Multiverse).
 
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CleverNickName

Limit Break Dancing
I'm already doing most of the things in the SlyFlourish blog...already adopted the changes in Tasha's, I'm already using less-problematic race descriptions, already using theater of the mind, already buffing higher-CR monsters, etc. So the last four words of the first paragraph are crucial for me, and are the parts that I hope Ray was referring to.
 

darjr

I crit!
The post Mike Shea humbly submitted to Ray Winninger.


His main points are: Make 5.5 Fully 5e Compatible. Include Easier Encounter Building. Include "Theater of the Mind" Guidelines for Combat. Strengthen High-CR Monsters. Fix Certain Spells and Abilities. Include Tasha Upgrades. Provide Less Problematic Race Descriptions. Update the System Resource Document under the Open Gaming License. Leave the Rest Be.

Of those only one or two need any more explanation than the above. And a few of them we've been told are definitely how they're moving forward, such as backward compatibility, and they've already included others into newer products, such as Tasha's racial bonus flexibility and beefing-up higher CR monsters (as seen in Monsters of the Multiverse).
Overgeeked original post if you wanna go over and click like on it.
 


Parmandur

Book-Friend
I'm already doing most of the things in the SlyFlourish blog...already adopted the changes in Tasha's, I'm already using less-problematic race descriptions, already using theater of the mind, already buffing higher-CR monsters, etc. So the last four words of the first paragraph are crucial for me, and are the parts that I hope Ray was referring to.
And I reckon that many if not most tables are, or would if they found them in the PHB.
 

CleverNickName

Limit Break Dancing
And I reckon that many if not most tables are, or would if they found them in the PHB.
A while ago on Reddit, there was a discussion about the "upcoming edition" of D&D, and people were quickly divided into two camps.

One group insists that it will be a complete rewrite, a brand-new edition, the oft-mentioned 6E. They insist that Wizards of the Coast is going to discontinue 5th Edition in order to sell a whole new product line. This camp says that all of the crosstalk about "5E compatibility" will boil down to brief notes for converting your stuff to the new edition...like the conversion notes for converting 3.5E to 4E, and for converting 4E to 5E. Most of it was wishful thinking, in my opinion: some people genuinely want 5E to end.

The other group insists that they are going to bundle all of the 5E books into a revised set of the core rules, and call it "the Deluxe Edition" or something. They insist that this new book will just be a reprint of the core rulebooks plus the added material from Xanathar's, Tasha's, Fizban's, and so forth. This camp insists that we've already seen everything that they are going to include, and it's intended as an item of convenience--a way to have everything neatly in one place. Most of it was wishful thinking as well, in my opinion: some people genuinely want 5E to be the elusive 'evergreen' edition of D&D.

Obviously, the new product will fall somewhere between the two camps. But it sounds like it'll land a lot closer to Team Evergreen.
 
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pukunui

Legend
Obviously, the truth will be somewhere between the two camps. But it sounds more like the line will be drawn a lot closer to Team Evergreen.
Yes, I think the changes will be relatively small, in the grand scheme of things. Refinements, perhaps.

I also suspect they'll play on the fact that it's the 50th anniversary in some capacity, even if they don't refer to it directly as the 50th anniversary edition.
 

overgeeked

B/X Known World
A while ago on Reddit, there was a discussion about the "upcoming edition" of D&D, and people were quickly divided into two camps.

One group insists that it will be a complete rewrite, a brand-new edition, the oft-mentioned 6E. They insist that Wizards of the Coast is going to discontinue 5th Edition in order to sell a whole new product line. This camp says that all of the crosstalk about "5E compatibility" will boil down to brief notes for converting your stuff to the new edition...like the conversion notes for converting 3.5E to 4E, and for converting 4E to 5E. Most of it was wishful thinking, in my opinion: some people genuinely want 5E to end.

The other group insists that they are going to bundle all of the 5E books into a revised set of the core rules, and call it "the Deluxe Edition" or something. They insist that this new book will just be a reprint of the core rulebooks plus the added material from Xanathar's, Tasha's, Fizban's, and so forth. This camp insists that we've already seen everything that they are going to include, and it's intended as an item of convenience--a way to have everything neatly in one place. Most of it was wishful thinking as well, in my opinion: some people genuinely want 5E to be the elusive 'evergreen' edition of D&D.
That's weird. I get wanting 5E to end, in part I do, too. But only because I love RPGs and D&D and 5E doesn't do what I want. But, there are other versions of D&D out there that do, so no problem. Being left out kinda sucks thought. But to think they'll do a complete rewrite when the sales are increasing, is nonsense. But then, thinking they're going to intentionally obsolete books they just reprinted is a bit out there, too.
Obviously, the truth will be somewhere between the two camps. But it sounds more like the line will be drawn a lot closer to Team Evergreen.
I would be a lot more onboard with Team Evergreen if there were more robust optional rules in the main books. Some of the modularity they promised in the playtest...oh so long ago. Build out some of the options from BECMI, etc.

Eh. Maybe it's too late for me and I'm doomed to be Team Old Grog Yells at Clouds.
 


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