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This may have been the topic of a prior thread, but do any of you know if any companies or publications are going to continue to support 3.5.

Frustration over handling of the launch of 4.0 aside, do folks think there will still be significant demand for new 3.5 material once 40 is on the shelves?

If so what would folks want?


I doubt that any companies will continue to support 3.5 once 4th ed. is released. I know that there has been a lot of dissatisfaction with how WotC is handling the 4e release, but I think this is coming from a relatively small but vocal minority of hardcore fans. I doubt the average gamer will be all that upset about the new edition, and there just won't be enough of a support base for any company to profit by continuing to produce 3.5 material.

While I suspect that some people will continue to play 3.5 for a while after the release of 4e, and that some diehards will never give it up, I don't think that last any longer than 2nd ed. did after the release of 3e.

If, on the off chance, 4e totally blows then there might be a market for some sort of 3rd edition - based rules system, such as Monte Cook's Arcana Unearthed/Evolved, or Green Ronin's True 20 system. But I think that as of May 2008 the actual Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 will begin its inevitable march into history.

Just my opinion, of course.


Kyr wrote:

This may have been the topic of a prior thread, but do any of you know if any companies or publications are going to continue to support 3.5.

Frustration over handling of the launch of 4.0 aside, do folks think there will still be significant demand for new 3.5 material once 40 is on the shelves?

If so what would folks want?

If anyone did, all I'd want is adventures.

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Sean Robson wrote:

I doubt that any companies will continue to support 3.5 once 4th ed. is released. I know that there has been a lot of dissatisfaction with how WotC is handling the 4e release, but I think this is coming from a relatively small but vocal minority of hardcore fans. I doubt the average gamer will be all that upset about the new edition, and there just won't be enough of a support base for any company to profit by continuing to produce 3.5 material.

While I suspect that some people will continue to play 3.5 for a while after the release of 4e, and that some diehards will never give it up, I don't think that last any longer than 2nd ed. did after the release of 3e.

I'm thinking that there will be more people who don't make the transition from 3e to 4e that with the previous editions. Back when 3e was announced, there was a building hunger for a new edition, plus WotC did a lot of good work to win over the existing fan base.

Not so much this time around (although there is certainly enthusiasm for 4e). Perhaps as many as 20 to 40% of 3.5 players won't take the jump to 4e, which could represent a sizable market for someone to serve - however a lot depends on how that 20 to 40% breaks down.

A bunch will be diehard 3.5ers, and will want support for that product (be it through modules or new rules options).

I think another bunch want the game to evolve, but don't feel that 4e (based on what's been shared to date) is an expression of the fantasy roleplaying that connects with them - in this case either a 3.75 release (which fixes some of the known irratants of the system) or a kind of 4.25 (that fixes the fluff/canon issues that 4e is introducing) will become a home for those players. It's possible that like minded publishers (Paizo, Necromancer, Goodman) could come together to support a unified ruleset I suppose.

And I guess there's nothing stopping 3rd party publishers from supporting both 3.5 and 4e through separate products - as long as there is a market for 3.5 products to be profitable. But I think there will be a sizeable market for a kind of 'D&D classic' edition, which will be an opportunity for someone. Perhaps even WotC.


rokeca wrote:

I'm thinking that there will be more people who don't make the transition from 3e to 4e that with the previous editions. Back when 3e was announced, there was a building hunger for a new edition, plus WotC did a lot of good work to win over the existing fan base.

Not so much this time around (although there is certainly enthusiasm for 4e). Perhaps as many as 20 to 40% of 3.5 players won't take the jump to 4e, which could represent a sizable market for someone to serve - however a lot depends on how that 20 to 40% breaks down.

You may be right - I'm only guessing that there won't be enough customers left to support a continued 3.5 industry. I might also be underestimating the number of people that will stick with 3.5, because I never made the jump from 3.0 to 3.5 so for me, a new edition is welcome, especially since I'm becoming increasingly frustrated with how cumbersome 3rd edition has become.

So, we'll just have to wait and see. I'm curious to see how it turns out.


rokeca wrote:
Not so much this time around (although there is certainly enthusiasm for 4e). Perhaps as many as 20 to 40% of 3.5 players won't take the jump to 4e, which could represent a sizable market for someone to serve - however a lot depends on how that 20 to 40% breaks down.

Please show your work…how did you arrive at these numbers?

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