I can see this, but not yet them contributing the same to the "Game" part of RPG.Looks like Monte Cook is saying people will be able to play with different character options AT THE SAME TABLE.
I'm really curious to see how my first-edition-style-fighter can play with your third-edition-style Wizard, but I really REALLY hope they can pull it off.
But I would more like to see a 3.5 and a 4e style Fighter in the same game and both feel like the same class, doing the same things in a class specific way.
Please no classes bound to specific edition styles.
BTW, there is this:
BBMFirst and foremost, as Mike said, this isn't another salvo in the so-called edition wars. This isn't an attempt to get you to play Dungeons & Dragons in a new way. This is the game you've already been playing, no matter what edition or version you prefer. The goal here is to embrace all forms of the D&D experience and to not exclude anyone. Imagine a game where the core essence of D&D has been distilled down to a very simple but entirely playable-in-its-right game. Now imagine that the game offered you modular, optional add-ons that allow you to create the character you want to play while letting the Dungeon Master create the game he or she wants to run. Like simple rules for your story-driven game? You're good to go. Like tactical combats and complex encounters? You can have that too. Like ultra-customized character creation? It's all there.
BBMSecond—and this sounds so crazy that you probably won't believe it right now—we're designing the game so that not every player has to choose from the same set of options. Again, imagine a game where one player has a simple character sheet that has just a few things noted on it, and the player next to him has all sorts of skills, feats, and special abilities. And yet they can still play the game together and everything remains relatively balanced. Your 1E-loving friend can play in your 3E-style game and not have to deal with all the options he or she doesn't want or need. Or vice versa. It's all up to you to decide.
I hope there is also something for the 4e lovers...