As before, I going to use this space to vent. You have been warned.
As with everyone else, I am anxious for the future of the game. I want to see what they come up with that will be "modular" and "please everyone" and I'm fascinated with the marketing techniques already being employed. But I'll leave that to another post.
Right now I want to talk about the de-evolution of the Future Release section of the forums. I've fully jumping in the forum greatly interested in what other people are interested in and offered an opinion or 2 of my own. I am always hoping to gleen some tidbit of information about what is happening behind the scenes.
But lately I've seen a trend that makes me want to abandon that particular forum: grognards and past edition evangelist that want to bash the current (and brilliant) edition, that they have never even played, and try to influence D&D Next to be a reincarnation of their favored edition 3.5/PF in most cases. These posters are, not surprisingly, easy to identify: the date joined is on or after 01/09/12!
I have many colorful names for these people, none of which are repeatable or suitable in a public post. I sick and tired of their crap. There were alway some of them lurching around the D&D forum, but they have really come out of the woodwork. It's like a massive roach infestation.
So I guess I have 2 choices: 1. Stop looking in the future releases forum or 2. adding to my block list.
For right now I think I will probably do a combination, blocking the worst of the a-holes and looking for interesting threads much less often. I will also continue to hold up hope that they will go back to Enworld and Paizo and RPG.net and any other little hole they came from.
Beside, I have confidence that the designers are intelligent people that can see the great strides that were made with 4e and can incorporate those some of those great feature into D&D Next. And even if it is vastly different from 4e and not as appealing, I've at least got 18 or more months of this game that I love.