There are two important things to note in the official announcement of
the new edition. First, Wizards will “crowdsource” the design to some
extent by releasing parts of the rules for gamers to test and play with,
then offer feedback on. It’s essentially an open beta, and a method with
proven success –- Paizo Publishing used it when developing the
Pathfinder RPG in 2009, and that game now reportedly outsells D&D.
Second, in the words of Mike Mearls, “We want a game that rises above
differences of play styles, campaign settings, and editions, one that
takes the fundamental essence of D&D and brings it to the forefront of
I played way, way back. I’ll be interested to see what they do with
this, or if they are just creating a new edition for “upgrade
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