GenCon is going on this weekend, and unfortunately, I am not there. This is very sad, but on the other hand, I get to read all about the keen things WotC is releasing later this year. While we’re not playing 4e anymore, I’m still intrigued by some of the sets coming out.
The Red Box – I’m actually okay with the idea of an essentials line. I am in favor of anything that streamlines the roleplaying process. AND. AND. AND I really like that they used the same design as the original red box– including art by Larry Elmore. That alone makes my girlish heart go pit-a-pat. (Totally off topic, but I love Larry Elmore. Whenever I think of how a dragon should look, I think of Mr. Elmore. Also, because of him, whenever I think of halflings, I actually think of Kender. Aaaargh.)
Box-o-DM – This box set could either be a load of junk, or a lot of really good tidbits. Need more information either way. I hope it’s good.
Gamma World – YEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSS. Easy, streamlined, lighthearted take on the apocalypse. What is not to like? I’m intrigued by the random deck mutation mechanic that is in place. This looks like a lot of fun, and I can’t wait until this comes out in October.
The 2011 releases intrigue me less, although the Fortune Decks sound like they’re building on the mutation mechanic found in Gamma World. WotC implied in Q&A that they want to make the books more ‘readable.’ I’m hoping that will mean there will be more ‘fluff‘ in the rule books, since that’s what’s been most useful to my campaign crafting as a whole. Another interesting thing is that Mike Mearls is working to bring down the amount of errata. I think this is a very good thing.
For more information on the new D&D products seminar, I find the best source to be Critical Hits.