For the link deprived, here are links regarding the announcement of the Fifth Edition of the world’s most factionalized role-playing game:
Mike Mearls says, “The game is at its best when it is yours.” In a sense, it already is ours (as I posted here), but we shouldn’t stand in the way of potential improvement. Mearls wants our participation; he wants “to give a voice to all D&D fans and players of all previous editions of the game.” It would be nice if all previous editions of the game were readily available – you know, like they used to be before WotC removed them from commercial distribution as electronic documents. Reints (naturally) is all over that; he posted a nicely worded open letter on his blog requesting their availability. We’ll see what happens.
If the Wizards truly “seek to build a foundation for the long-term health and growth of D&D” we should provide our input. Of course, it isn’t possible to please everyone but this is an opportunity. To take advantage of this opportunity, we need to examine and explain why we enjoy this game. Only by doing so can we hope to have a Fifth Edition that’s worthy of the Dungeons & Dragons legacy.
What will be the fate of tabletop RPGs as we trudge through the Information Age? I notice that the NY Times article is categorized under “video games.” Instead of becoming more like an MMO, D&D needs to leverage its differences from computer gaming. D&D needs to be defined in contrast to “computer games” and we should help define it.