Goblin Queen (She/Her/Hers)
It was easily the best-designed edition of D&D to date, and contrary to the popular narrative, it was successful in its own right. Even if it had been a commercial failure though, it would have still have been an excellent game with a substantial and passionate audience. Again, not being a publisher, I have the luxury of being able to prioritize great design over commercial success. I understand why WotC doesn’t have that luxury, but I stand by my opinion that the art suffers for it.Fourth Edition nearly killed D&D as a going concern, mostly because of bold own-goals that could have been avoided. Which is what they are working to avoid by only making changes if they delight and excite the audience.
Also, the fact that WotC was able to turn around after the merely modest success of 4e and produce the titanic success of 5e is a point in favor of my position that if a change works out for the worse, you can just change it again.