Weekly forum report - January 23rd to 30th

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1 - Evolution



Executive Summary: How does play in a campaign change over time.

URL: dndwithpornstars.blogspot.com/2012/01/ev...

Summary:  (from the blog)

The most commercially successful games all have a default answer to this question built in to the system:


How will play in this same campaign 8 months from now be fundamentally different than it is tonight?
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2 - Thoughts on a new edition (By Zak Smith)



Executive Summary: An old-school blogger describes the possibility of a new edition satisfying all preferred playstyles.

URL: (Split over three blog posts)
www.dndwithpornstars.blogspot.com/2011/1...
www.dndwithpornstars.blogspot.com/2012/0...
dndwithpornstars.blogspot.com/2012/01/so...

Summary: Some interesting words on a possible new edition.
(Note, this blog *does* have the occasional picture of naked people (hence the name). Might want to warn IT before you head to the blog so that questions aren't asked.
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3 - Some comments by Old School fans on D&D Next



Executive Summary: Some fans of an old school blog are commenting on what they are hearing about D&D Next.

URL: swordsandwizardry.blogspot.com/2012/01/5...

Summary: You can ignore the blog itself, it is simply the tweets that were made during the thursday seminar. What I find interesting is the comments on the blog.
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4 - General feelings from fans of 4E about D&D Next



Summary: The general feeling of 4E players in regards to what they have heard so far about D&D 4E next is rather negative. It is the impression that 4E is being ignored, largely in favour of 3.X and earlier editions. There is no specific blog or post that I can point at, but the general feeling that I have read on twitter.
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5 - Blogs signing NDAs become nothing more than marketing arms for WotC



Executive Summary: The blogger Trask, the last Tyromancer is saying that bloggers that sign NDAs are selling out.

URL: www.livingdice.com/6727/ndas-5th-edition...

Summary: (From the OP)
By signing the NDA these sites  announced to the world that they are beholden to “Wizards of the Coast” for access and unwilling to defy the corporate juggernaut of gaming.  In short, they sold out.
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6 - Race and Culture in D&D Next



Executive Summary: Cautions about falling into the "every dwarf knows how to use an axe" trap.

URL: dailyencounter.net/2012/01/24/raceandcul...

Summary: (from the OP)
The basic “problem” is this: When you pick a race in D&D, you’re also getting a pre-packaged culture with that choice. This happens because all races in D&D that are not human have a single monoculture that is assumed to be true and consistent across both space and time. You can see the effect of this assumption in “racial” mechanics. All elves, everywhere, know something about nature. All dwarves, ever, will know how to wield a warhammer or an axe.
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7 - The default Next D&D Campaign Setting



Executive Summary: The best default setting for Next D&D is a new setting

URL: www.enworld.org/forum/new-horizons-upcom...

Summary: (From the OP)
There are rumors flying that the default setting for Edition Next is going to be the Forgotten Realms (or, if Morrus has his way, Greyhawk). While I would love to see 5E treatments of many long-time favorites, my preference—and what I feel is the best advice for the health and vitality of 5E—is not to deeply support previously published settings, but to develop a new one with ongoing supplements. But let me take that a step further and present what I think will best support what we know of the 5E vision.
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8 - You can't compromise systemic design traits and claim you're being inclusive


Executive Summary: There's hints that 5e is going to move away from 4e style balance, and some of it's other traits, and a lot of people are in favor of that, but there's a very clear problem with that, when we consider 5e's stated goal of being inclusive for the players of all editions.

URL: forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?612101-4e-5...

Summary: (from the OP)
There's a limit to how much you can ignore 4e design, and still claim to be honoring it and welcoming it's fans into a new edition. To be very clear here, I don't mean this in general terms, I mean very specifically, there are design traits in 4e which you can't really erode or compromise, because it can't be done halfway, or optionally. It has to be in, genuinely and completely, or it's not there are all.

They are systemic, system-wide, not exception-based. If you treat them like an exception-based option, you're actually just removing them completely.
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