Good call, Dave! heh.
All this 3.5 versus 4.0 is making my head hurt. I voted "haven't decided". Actually I'm starting to think between playing D&D and WoW for the last 3+ years pretty much non-stop that maybe it's time to take a break from fantasy and look into some other options. I sure do miss the old World of Darkness. Or maybe some nice Sci-Fi.
I'm thrilled that Paizo has announced that they will take up the torch with the Pathfinder RPG. Bravo, gents! I've just begun (finally) to run the first set of your modules Rise of the Runelords and I am very much encouraged to stick with ye olde 3.5. However, my (far younger than myself) DM who runs the game I PLAY in is converting our game to 4th Edition so by late Summer I'm going to be thoroughly confused switching back and forth between games. Oh how I look forward to those particular headaches. I'm certain there will be much swearing.
Yes, the game formerly known as Dungeons and Dragons is being streamlined to suit the tastes of a new generation of gamers whose attention spans are far shorter and are suited to the video game mentality. That's what you (we) will be playing...a dice version of a video game. Sigh. Way back in the days of Second Edition when mini-maxing was just catching on I would tell these Power Gamers to leave us role-players alone and go play Battletech. It seems they wouldn't listen. Instead they got degrees, learned how to do game design and took over. Money, fellas. It's all about the money. Who ultimately makes the decisions for WOTC? Hasbro stockholders, I believe. Some genius somewhere convinced some high muckity-muck that 3.5 was spent and there was nothing left to sell so it was time for a change. There was much brainstorming. Ideas were thrown around. What was hot? Why MMOs and Console Videogaming! Heck, that stuff makes more money than Hollywood! It's as simple as that...
Make it fast, make it simple, make it bloody, make it so the kids don't get bored, make all new stuff for the parents (and us suckers who can't control ourselves with the collector mentality) to buy up and we'll continue to rake in the cash! But that's all okay. It's what capitalism is all about. I'm just not sure I'm gonna fall for it just yet. It's going to have to be something really, REALLY special to convince me.
And I ain't seen much so far.......