I want more options to make my character distinctive at first level.
I can live with the Feats-vs.-Ability-Score-Increase thing, if I had the ability to make my fighter distinctive right out of the box by selecting a unique mix of Class Features. Unfortunately, I have to wait several levels before I get any choice about what kind of fighter he is.
Before, players loved tweaking their character, not to max out stats, but to see what kind of cool combinations they could come up with. Being able to choose a Background plus a Feat plus choosing a Class Feature meant that every fighter was distinct.
Now, I get to choose Background, that's it. And in the Encounters campaign, arguably designed to showcase D&D to new players and therefore a good marketing tool, most players will see no significant distinction in their character's development, since they will stop playing them sometime around 3rd level. Had they started the characters off at 4th level again, like they did for the last one, at least it wouldn't have been as bad.
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