Now, while I’ve never covered role-playing games (RPGs) such as Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), save for several special boxed introductory products that resemble boardgames that use miniatures and other special, cool-looking game aids, I think the next iteration of the iconic Wizards of the Coast product is worth a special mention.
After all, many game veterans will agree with me in saying that RPGs have largely inspired many fantasy games, including genres and subgenres. One can easily see that TCGs (trading card games) to boardgames, such as Heroquest, Talisman and the like, and even computer games, all take a cue from RPGs.
Wizards of the Coast’s latest announcement indicated that they’re doing a yet-to-be-officially named all-new edition to replace the existing 4th Edition. Everyone’s calling it 5th Edition in the meantime, or 5E in short.
The key differentiator for 5E this time around is the crowdsourcing method that Wizards will use, in order to tweak and finetune the game. This looks like Wizards attempt to get the once-great title to its former number one status.
Gawker Media’s io9 blog has a great article, that gives you the lowdown on all the past D&D editions, as well as their take on whether it’s possible for Wizards to “unify” all the editions under a single, “one-system-to-rule-them-all” game system. Nice one!
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