D&D 4th Edition

When it comes to Dungeons and Dragons, I missed the boat. The game never really appealed to me all that much, and it seemed that some people took the game a little too seriously. Now this isn't to say that I wasn't a dork, as I definitely put in my time on the Hero Quest board game, as well as Magic: The Gathering (I was renowned for my red, white and blue demolition deck). So this news doesn't really wow me, but D&D fans appear to be in for quite a treat. Business Wire, which, apparently is a website about press releases, has a press release posted from Wizards of the Coast where they confirm the release of the Fourth Edition in May 2008. The release will feature all the traditional trappings that have made the game legendary, as well as some tools of the 21st century, which include web-based tools and online forums (!). Weve been gathering player feedback for eight years, said Bill Slavicsek, R&D director of roleplaying and miniatures games at Wizards of the Coast. Fourth Edition streamlines parts of the D&D game that are too complex while enhancing the overall play experience. At its heart, its still a tabletop game experience. However, D&D Insider makes it easier for players to create characters, run their games, and interact with the rest of the D&D community.” There will be two 4th Edition preview books released in December (Wizards Presents: Classes and Races) and January (Wizards Presents: Worlds and Monsters), with the first live demos coming at the D&D Experience gaming convention in Washington, DC, in February 2008. The full product launch will show up in the spring and summer of 2008. D&D returns after 8 years