"As a 3rd edition/3.5 Edition discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving 4th edition approaches 1." (Goodwin's Law)
I'm sorry if this becomes a rant, but I'm frustrated and need to vent in the open before I go off and derail a thread by chewing out some poor user that doesn't deserve it.
I choose not to play 4th edition D&D. Me and my gaming group are quite happy to continue to play 3.5 D&D, and will continue to do so through the lifespan of 4th edition. This is why I continue to read, and post on, the previous editions boards.
It seriously irks me to no end when I read a post about how "4th edition fixes that problem", or "this is why they changed that in 4th edition", or "it's so much easier and simpler in 4th edition". You know what? I don't care.
I'm not here to read about how 4th edition handles a particular problem, I'm here to figure out how to resolve issues in 3.5 edition. 4th edition "fixed" problems by throwing them out the door like a redheaded stepchild. Spells that don't deal damage are overpowered? *fling* What spells that don't deal damage? The Diplomacy skill is overpowered? *fling* What Diplomacy skill?
Sure, that may be a "fix" if you're willing to change gaming systems, but if that's the case I could have "fixed" the problem by switching to the White Wolf system, or Shadowrun, or Palladium Fantasy... There is zero class balance issues in Monopoly. Nobody complains that the race car is overpowered, or that the Get Out of Jail Free card is broken. Maybe I should just play that game instead of 3.5 D&D. It "fixes" all the problems!
I don't need, (or want) to use a second system to address the issues in this system. I keep seeing 4th edition bleeding into the posts here on the older edition boards, and I can't figure out why. Sure, there are people who play in multiple games, and use multiple editions and multiple editions. That's awesome! What's that got to do with addressing 3rd/3.5 edition problems within the context of those editions?
If you've got a house rule to suggest, based on how 4th edition handles the situation, then I'm willing to admit that it may be valid. Posting just to say that "4th edition did away with that, and we don't miss it one bit" is on the verge of condescending, and really isn't all that helpful.
At no point did anyone post a "4th edition fix" in reply to any of my posts.
Everything in the above post is 100% my own personal opinion, and I make no claims to assume I know what is or is not helpful to the rest of the members of this or any message board.
I have no doubt that people will be either completely ignoring my rant, calling me a grognard or otherwise telling me to "STFU".
I did not wake up on the wrong side of the bed, do not have my panties in a bunch, and nobody peed in my corn flakes.