Wednesday, November 28, 2012
One of my purchases at GenCon this past year was a new D&D book, Menzoberranzan: City of Intrigue. I got it because I'm a sucker for fantasy cities. I've picked up two Pathfinder adventures just because one took place in a drow city and the other was set in the City of Brass (the latter being a bit of a disappointment; almost all of the adventure takes place in a single palace of the city). I have that DRAGON magazine that features more detailed write-ups for Vault of the Drow's Erelhei-Cinlu. So picking up a 4e book about Menzoberranzan wasn't much of a stretch for me. I figured I'd mine it for ideas to use in my own campaigns.
Imagine my shock when I dug it out of my stack of GenCon stuff the other day to discover that it's not a 4e book.
This is not an old book. It's brand new: August 2012. And, printed on the back, the last sentence of the cover blurb is: “This product is compatible with all editions of the Dungeons & Dragons Roleplaying Game...”
Curious, I went back to see what's come out for 4e this last year. The most recent book appears to be The Dungeon Survival Handbook published in May. What's slated for 2013? Well, clearly the 2e core books. What else?
The first RPG publication for 2013 is a reprint of 1e's Unearthed Arcana . After that comes hardbound collections of the S-series dungeons (Tomb of Horrors, White Plume Mountain, Expedition to the Barrier Peaks, and The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth) followed by a hardbound collection of the A-series (the Slave Lord adventures) plus a new low-level adventure that, 'sets the stage for events that unfold throughout the remainder of the "A" series.'
And, as far as RPG products goes, that's it. So the future of D&D, at least for the first half of 2013, is its past.