So the other shoe has finally fucking dropped. Here's Mike Mearls announcing what I've known for months and had to keep a lid on; what I had tried to hint at and a few of you got, but most did not. Yes, there will be a Basic D&D.
But its more than just that. It will be on a PDF. It will be FREE. And most importantly, it will be the true Core D&D. Not the PHB, not the DMG, not that 10000-feats version. No. The basic version will be the default version of the D&D game, the one that all adventure products will use for their baseline.
This is hugely significant. This is the victory of Old-school thinking over all else, and I don't mind if I take more than a little credit for the lobbying I have done to create and hold this vision as a Consultant.
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It is also an incredibly bold move for Wizards to make. It means that in theory, all you'll ever need to play D&D will be, in the first few months, the Starter Set and the Basic Rules PDF. And after that, not even the Starter Set. So whatever you get, whatever you purchase or get into from Wizards will not be because they're holding a gun to your head. It will be because they'll be making great products (well, we hope!).
This is, with any luck, the beginning of the end for the whole "endless Splatbook-production-line model" of RPG thinking which only served to create an ever-shrinking mass of aging fanatics while alienating everyone else who didn't want to have to buy every single book.
Making Basic D&D the core D&D rules means that kids will be able to get into the game first, and then become customers of those adventures, expansions, settings or materials that they find exciting. It will serve the "amateur" gamer rather than the hardcore drooling fan, and that's a good thing.
So its time now to give Wizards its due. And to give the Pundit his due, particularly all the naysayers and those who made certain claims about me in the last few days. I win again.
And this time, so does every other D&D fan.
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