Thinking of Getting Into 4E?

I’ve honestly been fascinated with what Wizards of the Coast have done with Fourth Edition Dungeons & Dragons. The thing is, because I never use miniatures, there’s really no point in me investing the money. Further, it would be very much like learning an entirely new game, a crunch-heavy game at that. Still, I’ve been wondering what I could do with it and how it would play.

But maybe I’ll get the chance to check it out, if I’m lucky.

The Troll in the Corner blog is running a contest, the prizes of which, are the new D&D Essentials products, including the D&D Rules Compendium, D&D Essentials:Heroes of the Fallen Lands, the new D&D Essentials Tiles Master Set: The Dungeon and of course, the Red Box Essentials Starter Kit. You can bet your ass I’m throwing my hat in that particular ring. Those of you, like me, interested in 4E but averse to spending the dough (or those who already have everything 4E WotC has put out, and now want to complete that collection) should get in on this as well.

You can find all the details here.

Those of you entering, best of luck. Those of you not entering, throw some luck my way, will you?

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4 Responses to Thinking of Getting Into 4E?

  1. Craig Brown says:

    I’ve been running D&D 4e for about a year, and I’m one of those who has taken the side of WotC in the “Edition Wars”. I find it easier to balance and play. And lucky me, a new game store just opened, and they are planning to run the D&D Encounters program, a first for us.

  2. Fraser says:

    Question for Craig and anyone else running/playing/enjoying 4E–did you use miniatures with the previous incarnations of D&D? It’s one of the things that led me to avoid purchasing 4E.

  3. Craig Brown says:

    I’ve used minis since the dark ages of high school (30 years). Not a big deal to me, and there are many ways to get cheap minis, even printable cardstock minis, and most of those are free.

  4. Fraser says:

    Undoubtedly, one could acquire some basic cardstock minis–or even create one’s own using images off the IntarWebs–at a minimal cost, basically the printing. It’s not that I didn’t want to shell out money for minis, it’s that adopting 4E would necessitate changing my game. 4E–for me–was too much like learning a new game, when there was nothing in it that particularly drew me to it or replicated the games I was playing. Maybe if I didn’t have True20 or the OGL Conan RPG or Savage Worlds, 4E might have been more attractive. As it is, I am interested in playing it, possibly reading up on it, but not interested in investing in it.

    I would be interested in hearing from anyone who never used minis, who adopted then for 4E, and what their experiences might be.

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