Posted by Adam @ 10:19 pm on March 18th 2008

Big news in nerdworld

Well, Wizards of the Coast, the publishers of the Dungeons and Dragons game (D&D) (having taken over TSR, the original D&D publishers, and then being taken over themselves over by Hasbro), announced back in August 2007 that they were to release a new edition of D&D. The news was received with mixed enthusiasm; the existing game (edition 3.5, a partial upgrade of Third Edition) is pretty good and there’s a lot of investment by players in their current rulesbooks (on which they may have been spending 30-60 bucks a month for years).

Anyhow. One of the things that Wizards did with Third Edition was make clear that their base rules were open and that others could build their own games or materials around them. Consequently, the old game (3.5) could sort of hang around indefinitely. Anyhow, Paizo, a publisher spun off from Wizards a few years ago and which until recently published the Dragon and Dungeon magazines (until Wizards decided to roll them into online content) have announced today that they’re going to stick with the 3.5 rules and produce their own game based on them, for which their flagship Pathfinder line of adventures will be produced. The new game is called the Pathfinder rpg and the alpha version is free (you have to register to get an account at Paizo and then you can download it).

I don’t know if they can succeed in this — D&D dominates the rpg world and a lot of people will move to the new Fourth Edition — but I hope they can. I’m in no rush to move to Fourth Edition, because Third edition doesn’t need fixing enough for there to be a new edition, so this is pretty encouraging. Now, if only they can get the rights to the World of Greyhawk, my life will be complete*.

Anyhow, when you hear nerd coworkers talking about this at the watercooler, you’ll know what they’re talking about. Download the free alpha version of the game yourself! You might like it.

*Obviously that’s an exaggeration, because mere D&D is hardly the defining issue in my life. My life won’t actually be complete until I fill the last three holes in my Middle Earth Role Playing collection.

2 Comments »

  1. Unfortunately, I am the nerd coworker… dangit.

    Comment by Redland Jack — 3/19/2008 @ 11:22 am

  2. Obviously thatís an exaggeration, because mere D&D is hardly the defining issue in my life. My life wonít actually be complete until I fill the last three holes in my Middle Earth Role Playing collection.

    Good news. I have now completed that collection.

    Comment by Adam — 1/26/2010 @ 10:59 am

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