Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Don't think the OSR makes waves?
Then take a look at that (above).
That's the forthcoming "red box" edition of what's being called "4E Dungeon's and Dragons Essentials". Ostensibly, "Essential D&D" is going to be a stripped-down, basic version of 4E D&D, with its own players', monsters, and DM's guides to follow to augment the new line. Just how stripped-down its going to be, and whether it will be the introduction to a truly more-rules-lite version of the current edition of D&D, remains unclear.
What is clear, is that this whole old-school gaming thing is getting increasingly noticed. While I'm sure its more fashionable to be cynical and decry the whole "Essentials" thing as merely an effort to sell more splats, pre-painted minis, and trading cards, I'm going to opt for optimism and think that someone, somewhere, at WotC has been doing a little research on what made our hobby the accessible and casual-gamer-friendly phenomenon it once was. Not that I'm predicting it will ever attain early-80's level popularity (like the Rubix Cube and Champale, those days are gone), but its not completely impossible that they're taking a step in the right direction.
Coke "Classic" still outsells every other "exciting new!" soda the Coca-cola corp releases, after all...