Eh the last 4 Eberron books were mostly fluff anyway so you know, still valid. Seems they've purposefully avoided crunch heavy books for awhile in the Eberron line so I'd relax, they have a plan.
I just hope they address some of the concerns regarding the Shifters.
Well its been brought up on the Eberron race/class boards several times to large effect that to make a shifter that takes advantage of their shifter trait on a regular basis (like someone that wants to use their razorclaws or longtooth on a regular basis) they have to devote every feat they have to shifter feats. This is seen as kind of a hassle and sucks.
Either shrink the continent or expand the population.
If gnomes are reintroduced later as new Eberron race, like Shifters and Warforged, does that mean they'll lose their Dragonmark?
What is this about a race being left out of the core rules? I don't remember hearing that!
The same thing will happen to the races covered in the core books, where the half-demon tieflings will claim a place at the expense of an undisclosed race—we’re guessing a half-elf, gnome and halfling were shut up in a dark cave with some paring knives, and no questions were asked of whoever came out…heck, there might even be three new races in the new edition! Not to worry; Slavicsek promises that any beloved races cut from the core books will appear in early Fourth Edition expansions.
I stay away for the forums almost a year and have been hardly checking the regular site, just my link to upcoming Eberron books and I guess Im done with this company now too.
Im tired of investing my money in something that less than a couple years later is garbage, 3.0 to 3.5 was fine Since I basically only had the core 3, but now its going to 4 and the Books Ive just spent a bunch of money on are going to be useless, WOW its like Exalted all over again.
As I mentioned on the Eberron forum thread, the loss of a core race is what will hurt Eberron most (since it seems an update is at least a year down the road).
The loss of 4E support for the gnome, half-elf or half-orc will hurt conversions to 4E until we get official support.
Hrm...who playes Gnomes, Half Elves or Halforcs anyhow lol
Yes, because as soon as they announce 4th edition, the text in your 3.5e books changes to that of an alien lanuage, their temperature rises to a flesh melting 4,000 degrees Celsius, and they are locked in an impenetrable safe and hurled into the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
Get real. If you don't want to spend them money....YOU CAN STILL PLAY 3.5!!!
I'm just here to make one quick note: I'm running a 4E playtest Eberron game right now. You'll hear more about it in next week's podcast and in some upcoming Insider articles.
Despite the fact that we don't have a complete, polished ruleset right now, we're moving along nicely. I'm specifically not going to touch "who's in and who's out" issues right now. But if my Eberron game is viable playing out of three-ring binders, yours should be just fine come next summer.
--David Noonan, game designer, Wizards of the Coast
...who wishes he had time to respond to every thread.
My practical note: I would prefer if certain core Eberron concepts (the Warforged race, the Artificer class, dragonmarks, elemental binding, etc.) were given freely available conversion notes online to start with, before any new Eberron 4e books come out. I do think that having to buy new books to upgrade old material (rather than use genuinely new material) is a valid complaint.
The word is that 4th will be diffrent enough from 3rd that starting a new campaign is preferable to converting, because 2e-->3e conversion apparently "went over like a lead balloon".