Tagged: DnD 5e

D&D 5e Playtest Issues: Hit Points & Healing

D&D 5e Playtest Issues: Hit Points & Healing

The is the first post in a occasional series on the issues my group had with D&D Next (which I will call 5e as I think the D&D Next name is stupid). However, before I start a series on the problems with the initial 5e playtest draft I want to say that even...

Monte Cook leaves WOTC/5e Public Playtest to start May 24th

Monte Cook leaves WOTC/5e Public Playtest to start May 24th

Monte Cook has left WOTC. Posted on his Livejournal today (April 25th): Last week I decided that I would leave my contract position with Wizards of the Coast. I am no longer working on Dungeons & Dragons, although I may provide occasional consultation in the future. My decision is one based on differences...

Who really needs D&D 5e?

Who really needs D&D 5e?

In a comment to my Why D&D 4e "Failed" — My Theory post a few days ago, Argent said: I fear for 5e. Many of the people who loved 4e, me included, are concerned right now. I think it may just further fracture the base. The 3.5 and legacy players have got on...

Encounter-Ending Powers are a Good Thing!

Encounter-Ending Powers are a Good Thing!

There’s apparently a new designer article on D&D 5e up on turning undead. It looks like 5e might be moving away from the WOTC standard of “turn dead just does damage to undead” and moving more toward the TSR D&D standard of turn undead actually driving away or even destroying undead. You know,...

Saving “Save-or-Die”: An Optional Rule to “Save” the Day

Saving “Save-or-Die”: An Optional Rule to “Save” the Day

The latest Legends & Lore column on the WOTC site is on “save or die” effects. From the column, it looks like 5e may be catering to those who do not like “save or die.” Unfortunately, “save-or-die” effects are one of the primary ways to shorten combats, make possible to play “combat as...

D&D 5th Edition Announced

D&D 5th Edition Announced

To the surprise of almost no one, WOTC announced that the 5th edition of D&D is in development and will have some type of open playtest here: Charting the Course for D&D: Your Voice, Your Game. I got off the edition merry-go-round years ago and it will take a lot to get me...