In 1979, I played Empire of the Petal Throne. Since that time I have worked in game-related fields for over two decades, bringing hundreds of games to market, including Dungeons & Dragons’ branded video games, and have served as a guest of honor at GenCon. My bi-weekly group consists primarily of game store owners in their 50s.
Like many others, I waited in line for the midnight-release of 4th edition. Less than a month later, I was checking again if I could buy .pdf documents for prior systems. Below are three areas I ask you to consider
Tolkien traditionalists vs. furry fandom. “Back in my day”, you had to actually roll a 17 charisma to be a paladin, wizards couldn’t use swords, clerics had to use non-edged weapons, and a hit could kill a 1st level.... We’ve heard it over and over. I can understand and appreciate the younger designers wanting to trash the status quo, but change does not equal improvement. I don’t need to see dragons wearing bras any more than I need the classes to balance.
Miniatures not boards. Miniatures foster the imagination as much as this game does and I love using them in my games. If you are going to make miniatures required - keep them in production. I will NEVER buy collectible cards or miniatures for Dungeons & Dragons or ANY RPG. Completely exposed maps diminish exploration and counting squares doesn’t cater to all styles of play. The measurement system from 1974 still works.
Pronouns & Evil. Discontinue alternating pronouns. I have witnessed examples that actually change gender before my eyes. It’s sloppy and as unnecessary as the absence of devils and demons and evil alignments. We’ve survived the accusations and watched Robbie Wheeling spiral into madness. I understand you have a responsibility to your shareholders, but you have a responsibility to your adult customers as well. Could you produce the Eldritch Wizardry cover today? Would you pull the art from Palace of the Silver Princess? Remember, the controversy of this brand was what interested many of us players in Dungeons & Dragons in the first place. Don’t let it cuff your creative freedom.