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D&D 4E Whose staying with 4e?

Pour

First Post
I'm admittedly cold to 5e right now. My preferred edition feels shafted, and the immense venom given it from any number of lapsed players gives me less the inclination of reunifying under one banner and more the inclination to flip them all the bird and keep playing what I like. 4e feels short-lived and largely untapped, even by the designers. I think only members of the fan community and certain bloggers have really gotten to the design heart, and every 4e DM whose played the edition since 2008 knows the true malleability and freedom it offers- not the one-off 'this game is not for me, but I still respect people who actually like it' crowd, who missed the deeper design entirely.

Even from a rules/style/ease standpoint, 4e has most of what I want and 5e seems to be a great big uncertainty. I certainly don't feel catered to as a 4ther in many of these chats and development diaries. That's not a knock, but it certainly isn't a lure either. I'll pick up the core 3 for 5e, I always do, but now more than ever I can see myself lifting bits I like and incorporating them into my 4e games. 4e has given me that kind of confidence. It also makes it hard to leave a game I'm so adept at and feel so comfortable with.
 

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Piratecat

Writing Fantasy Gumshoe!
Play what you like. Always, always play the game where you have the most fun.

That said, there's no way to answer this question yet. The closed playtest is still very early in the process, with nothing but early versions of basic rules being tested. This becomes a relevant question once we know how 5e will feel.
 

Ryujin

Hero
By the time that 5e actually rolls out, we'll have moved on to something else for a while. Savage Worlds looks like the current front runner.
 

Piratecat

Writing Fantasy Gumshoe!
To answer the question, based on our playtests so far I'll swing my 4e campaigns to a close and start 5e games. That's dependent on all sorts of factors, though.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
My guess for my group: most of the guys running 3.5Ed games will continue to do so, with a slim chance of venturing into the realm of the 3.X games (AE, Pathfinder, etc.).

The dude running 4Ed will continue to do so.

5Ed will be purchased by me, then evaluated en banc. If it looks good, SOMEBODY will give it a whirl.
 



ardoughter

Adventurer
Supporter
I am likely to finish my current campaign in 4e and not move unless player demand occurs for it. I will try the tests if invited and if it looks good i may buy in and run it sometime in the future.
 

Ryujin

Hero
I am likely to finish my current campaign in 4e and not move unless player demand occurs for it. I will try the tests if invited and if it looks good i may buy in and run it sometime in the future.

I applied for the playtest, but didn't hear anything back.
 


exile

First Post
I suspect Pathfinder will continue to be my group's game of choice. I suspect I'll play some NEXT at conventions and maybe even dabble with it at home.

My friends in Ohio are looking at sticking with 4E for their home game, but will probably join me with Next play at conventions-- unless they take up Pathfinder instead.
 

Blue

Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
I'm currently playing 3.5 and 4e. I happily expect to play DnDnext as well. My biggest concern is how they are going to price DDI for people who want both 4e and DnDnext.
 

D'karr

Adventurer
When D&D Next comes out my group will probably have the same philosophy as we did when 4e came out. We'll continue playing what we're enjoying until we're ready to move to something new.

We play a bunch of games anyway. One more is not going to hurt us in any way.

The current campaign will probably run for longer than the release date of D&D Next so it will probably be at least a year after release before we are even looking at a new game.
 

Evilhalfling

Adventurer
I have a new campaign planned for 4e. A May-June start for this game looks likely.
My campaigns tend to run for a year before I need a break.

for 3.5 and 4e I waited a few months after release to commit to them.
for 3rd I was playing with the rule fragments in the back of the PHB, before the MM and DMG were published.

I will prolly follow its development here, before deciding when or if to take the plunge.
 

Derulbaskul

Explorer
A lot of what has been said and written by WotC regarding 5e runs contrary to my gaming preferences, so I'll stay with 4e. :)

That's very much how I feel.

If I want to go backwards, as it were, I will go with Pathfinder simply because I love their adventure paths. I don't think WotC is ever going to master adventure design again (especially without Rich Baker on staff).
 

Derulbaskul

Explorer
I'm definitely staying with 4E. It's my favourite edition so far, it does everything that my players and I want it to, and it's the most fun I have had DMing - both at the table and during my prep time - for about 30 years.

I do not believe that the combination of what I have read about 5E so far, the talents of Monte Cook and Mike Mearls and the absence of Rich Baker will result in something I am going to like.
 

Phototoxin

First Post
It seems to be a step forward and two steps back so I don't think so. Then again it might be the best thing ever. However I like the fluidity of 4E so if we go back to the clunky 3.x/PF style rules I won't be too bothered.
 

Grydan

First Post
It's entirely possible I'll be playing or running the next edition, but if I am, it's almost certainly in addition to playing 4th, rather than instead of.
 

Obryn

Hero
While I hope 5e is a huge success that makes many gamers happy for years, in order to switch, I'd want it to build off of all the improvements made over the past 4 years. It's not looking like that will be the case, though I hope to be proven wrong.

It's all good - I have not an iota of bitterness in my heart. :) Not everyone was happy with 4e, and there was bound to be a flavor of D&D, eventually, that won't be to my own tastes.

-O
 

Tallifer

Hero
I will always prefer the Fourth Edition (with some house rules), but most of my friends here prefer Old School or Pathfinder. Some of us will playtest the Fifth Edition when it arrives.

Actually my first love is Pendragon, but no one else likes it. <sighs wistfully>
 

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