Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Mike Mearls Announces the Start of the D&D Next Playtest

The D&D Next playtests, which have been frustratingly limited to a selected elite up to this point, will soon enter phase two and be open to a much wider audience of fans. This news comes from Mike Mearls in today's post on the official D&D website.

It also comes with news that Monte Cook has left the design team, and I find that quite unfortunate. In fact, I might have gotten really worried about the process if I hadn't been presented with such great news at the same time... good PR move, WotC. Indeed, the idea that I'll get to fool around with the new rules in less than a month is more than enough to overshadow the loss of one of my favorite designers.

Bring it on! Let's get some playtesting in!


  1. It really sucks about Monte Cook - his being involved was one of the reasons I was excited about the next edition.
    On his blog (, he cites "differences of opinion with the company" and not "differences of opinion with the designers". That's a good sign for 5e's rules, but makes me a bit worried about what WOTC plans to do on the business side that would piss him off so much. Anyway that's just idle gossip, I can't wait for the actual game to be revealed in the playtest!

  2. Indeed! I just bookmarked Monte's site. I've been familiar with, but I never really paid attention to his blog. Thanks for that!

    And yeah, I wonder about that as well... makes me think that Hasbro might be trying to micromanage rather than just let the designers do their thing...


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