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2012 Starting Strong For D&D

2012 appears to be starting out with a bang with news this month coming from Wizards.  In an announcement by Mike Mearls on January 9th, Mearls acknowledges that development of the next iteration of Dungeons and Dragons has begun.  Interestingly they appear to be asking fans to help shape the new version which ought to set the forums afire with debate.

I commend Wizards in what appears to be a sincere desire to make a successful D&D product that captures what the fans want.  They plan to conduct ongoing playtests to gather player feedback to tweek the system as they develop it.  Of course it is in their best interest to create a product with mass appeal as it’ll increase their sales.  However as players, why wouldn’t we want them to be successful by creating the most ideal version of D&D that we could imagine?  I’m eager to see what fruits come from this process.

More News?  Yes, of course!

Dungeons and Dragons 1st Edition Reprints!  Yup, for a limited time they’re offering reprints of the 1st edition rulebooks priced at $34.95 each.  They will start going on sale on April 17th and will include the Monster Manual, Player’s Handbook and Dungeon Master’s Guide.  The cover designs will commemorate the 1977-79 Advanced D&D books.

The coolest part?  The books will help support an effort to erect a statue in honor of D&D co-creator Gary Gygax in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

They got me, guess I’m going to have to buy one!

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