Thursday, January 19, 2012

Never mind the bollocks - it's AD&D!

Okay, so this is EXCELLENT news for old school grognards like me.  Wizards of the Coast, finally throwing in the towel on the horrible pile of doggy puke that is 4th edition has made some announcements lately.

First is that there will be a 5th edition.

Second is that in April of this year, there will be a limited re-issue of 1st edition AD&D books.  Proceeds will go to the Gygax Memorial Fund.

Third is that 5th edition will have layers of optional rule structures.  Depending on which you use, you can mimic playing D&D, 1st Edition AD&D, 2nd Edtion, 3rd Edition, and so on and so forth.  Edited by Monte Cook.  This seems very nice, and might be a double barreled blow against both the Old School Rennaisance (depending on how well it is done) and against Pathfinder.  Personally, I think those two rules movements will have their own following, but that many, many of the players and DMs will be buying the WOTC rules when they come out.  The staff at Gaming with Chuck probably will...