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D&D 4E Since the announcement of D&D Next, are you still buying 4E product?

Are you still buying 4E product?


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Obryn

Hero
I buy most everything except adventures and tiles. That will continue.

I'm still having such a blast with 4e, I'm skeptical 5e will provide me with a game I like better. It might! But I'm happy there's still 4e stuff in the pipe.
 

Mr. Wilson

Explorer
I haven't bought a new product since Monster Vault, but I am subscribed to DDI.

Not sure where that falls on your list, so I choose still buying but picky option.
 

superpriest

First Post
I'm buying the same stuff I was before, which is DDI, miniatures, and maps/tiles.

I'm still paying for DDI, but only because of Character Builder and Compendium. Dragon and Dungeon are not worth much; Dungeon is basically dead.
 

Nytmare

David Jose
I stopped buying regularly when the character builder went online, but I've given up entirely since the 5th Ed rumors turned into announcements.

At the moment, I'm running a heavily slimmified 4th ed game.
 
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Henry

Autoexreginated
Actually,l I stopped buying about November of 2010, mainly because the DDI features were over about three months changed to the point of unusability for me. It was about six months after that when we paused our Dark Sun 4E game because of group time constraints, and I haven't had a reason to buy 4E material since. Shadowfell, Feywild, Gardmore Abbey -- none of it grabbed me. I considered the Mordenkainen book, but since I wasn't in an active 4E game any more, I couldn't justify it to myself.
 

Marshall

First Post
I havent bought anything 4e and dropped my DDI sub after HotFK came out. Saying that, I've still acquired everything thats been released since then(DM Swag is sweet). Since essentials, the quality of the content has been garbage and not worth spending money on. That being said, the 10-15% of any release that has been useful might make one books worth of content and I'll probably find a way to acquire whatever comes out before 5e.
 

Feeroper

Explorer
I have been buying everything (which is certainly more than I need!) - although the page count in the Players Option books and most recent releases are not as big as before, I find the quality of the content to be absolute top notch! They are really stretching what 4e can do, and its been a real boon to me and my group. Im finding that there is so much I want to do with 4e, but so little time! Its interesting to see how this has been going though, I also collect all the mainline Pathfinder books, and have found that the last few were really kinda mediocre to downright crappy. Dont get me wrong, I also really like PF, but just have'nt been too big on the last couple books (although I have high hopes for the Advanced Races book, and cant wait to check out the Rise of the Runelords Anniversary release as I never had the chance to run/play it before). Whereas I think 4e has been having some of thier best books put out in the last year or so. I know this is not the popular opinion, but Im just finding myself more and more impressed with each 4e release. Its too bad about edition wars, because I think there are alot of people out there who dont know what they are missing.

Just picked up Heroes of the Elemental Chaos the other day and was once again really impressed with what they've done. The next one that Im really anticipating is the Undermountain adventure.
 
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pemerton

Legend
My option wasn't on the poll- I'm still buying 4Ed stuff on a product-by-product basis, same as before. I have plans to buy HoEC, but not much else has gotten my attention.
This is my position also - no change in buying practices. But because I buy a reasonable amount of stuff - all the "Heroes of . . .", for instance - I chose the first poll option as "near enough".

I buy all the core rule books and player options type books: PHBs, DMGs, 'Powers' books, and 'Heroes of' books. After that, I've been a bit more choosy: the first Adventurer's Vault, MM 1-3 (but not the Dark Sun, MV, or Nentir Vale books), Manual of the Planes, most of the campaign settings, RC, Mordenkainen's Magnificent Emporium.
Some random advice from a stranger on the internet - the MV and MV2:Nentir's Vale are both worth getting. So are The Plane Above and Demonomicon, but they're probably a bit more specialised.
 

MM 1-3 (but not the Dark Sun, MV, or Nentir Vale books), Manual of the Planes, most of the campaign settings, RC, Mordenkainen's Magnificent Emporium.

You're missing out on the three best monster manuals. MV is a re-written and markedly improved MM1 (it's probably worth it for the dragons alone). Dark Sun Monster Manual has a lot of interesting monsters and quite a few premade NPCs. And MV: Nentir Vale is about groups and factions and has teams of themed monsters that work really well.
 

That poll is heavily biased.

Where is the option: I continue as before, my habits did not change?

And actually, i did not buy a single product since the announcement, because there was no single product since the announcement (maybe besides some maps or tiles or so)

I will definitively get heroes of the elemental chaos.
 

Ulorian

Explorer
Some random advice from a stranger on the internet - the MV and MV2:Nentir's Vale are both worth getting. So are The Plane Above and Demonomicon, but they're probably a bit more specialised.

You're missing out on the three best monster manuals. MV is a re-written and markedly improved MM1 (it's probably worth it for the dragons alone). Dark Sun Monster Manual has a lot of interesting monsters and quite a few premade NPCs. And MV: Nentir Vale is about groups and factions and has teams of themed monsters that work really well.
I've heard that the quality is top notch... something to think about.
 

the Jester

Legend
You don't have an answer suitable for me:

"Yes, I am still buying roughly the same proportion of 4e stuff as before the announcement."

I don't buy everything; I buy what I like. (I'll pick up Heroes of the Elemental Chaos first chance I get, for example.)
 


OnlineDM

Adventurer
I picked the first option, though my actual answer is, "The D&D Next announcement hasn't affected my 4e buying habits."

I don't buy EVERYTHING now, nor have I ever. But I buy a lot of stuff, whatever looks interesting to me, and I'll continue to do so. If it will help my game to be more fun, great!
 

Dan'L

First Post
I stopped buying when Borders closed, since that's where I bought my D&D books. I'm reliant on public transportation, and other outlets are harder to reach. I considered buying online, but the next product I had interest in was Mordenkainen's, and it just seemed like a lot of hassle.

When 5th/Next was announced, it took even more wind out of my sails for wanting new 4e product & so now the hassle really doesn't seem worth it. I'm still playing & enjoying the game, but I've got plenty of material to last the next year or so until the new game comes out without spending more on programmed obsolescence.

I still reserve the right to completely change my mind in the future, and get revved up and excited to buy some 4e product, but for now it doesn't look likely.

-Dan'L
 

Jhaelen

First Post
I picked "Yes - I buy everything and will continue to buy everything" since it seemed the most accurate option. I did never and still don't buy everything, but my buying habits have been unaffected by the 5e announcement. I look carefully at all the previews and reviews before I make a decision if I'm going to buy a supplement. But actually I ended up buying _most_ 4e supplements because imho, they're simply really good.

The arrival of Essentials had a negative impact on my buying habits, though. I didn't like anything I'd seen in the previews and was extremely wary of post-Essentials supplements because I (rightly) feared they were written in the Essentials-style.

"Heroes of the Feywild" changed my mind again, though. It's a great supplement and reminded me a lot of pre-Essentials material. Also, when I got notice of a sellout of 4e books at greatly reduced prices, I bought a lot of them, even the Essentials books. And found, that there actually a couple of things in them that I liked.

Now that 5e is on the horizon I'm actually tending more strongly to get any missing 4e books, because it might be impossible to get them once 5e is released and I have a suspicion I won't like 5e.
 

Blue

Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
Mine also not on the poll. With the level or errata & tweaks (a GOOD thing, IMHO, especially the tweaks), I've stayed away from paper products for a while. That said, I subscribe to DDI and am fairly happy with it now (though it took a while) and I still buy the occasional thing like dungeon tiles or fluff-heavy books.

Last mechanics-heavy rulebook I bought in print was Heroes of the Fallen Lands to see the Essentials material native instead of DDI.

If the books came out in electronic format that would keep up with errata added I definitely would have purchased them, there's some great fluff out there. Of course, that assume that I could use them on both my computer and my tablet without repurchasing.

This isn't a slam on the errata, quite the opposite -- I think we have a better system for it. And if it's software we've updated both patch levels (errata = bug fixes) and minor version numbers (large scale tweaks + rule subsystem changes like mounted combat, flying, save debuffs, etc.) Rather, it's saying that my 4e purchases have been mostly electronic, and since that's subscription based rather than product based 5e hasn't changed anything.

I do know that going 3.0 to 3.5, and 3.5 to 4e, my purchased dried up. Makes it hard for WotC - announce a new edition early enough to have real playtest feedback that can change design (instead of just development) parameters, and that same lead time shoots yourself harder in the foot for sales of the current generation of the product.

I know in the industry the time before a new product is expected they start discounting the current generation in order to keep an income stream and lower inventory levels, perhaps Wizards can see if that lesson also applies for D&D material. It'll sure go on sale AFTER the next edition comes out.
 

Mircoles

First Post
It looks like they're bringing back all the suck to D&D5. They aren't just doing this on the players side, but for DMs too, so the more I hear about it, the less interested I get.
 

D'karr

Adventurer
If they were putting out more 4e product I'd be buying it. Right now I'm up to date. :)

I've found that in the last year WotC has really hit its stride in relation to putting out stuff that I really enjoyed. The new Monster Vaults, as well as Heroes of the Feywild were fantastic books. The adventures in both Monster Vault and the DM's kit as well as Gardmore Abbey really showed that they were finally getting it. The last two seasons of encounters have had some awesome adventures and I'm browsing of Elder Elemental Eye and it looks great.

I wish they would continue to put out product of this quality.
 

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