5th Edition Is Dead! Long Live 5th Edition!

AD&D ran from 1977 to 2000 with the two editions. Since then we have had 4 editions in 20 years that’s about five-year shelf life for an edition here lately. That is compared to over 10-year shelf life for AD&D editions.  I think it would be wise for Hasbro to keep 5th edition. But 5th edition came out in 2014, so it is about at that 5-year mark now. Hasbro has been losing money. D&D sets are coming out like monopoly each with some branded popular media as the selling point, Stranger Things, Rick & Morty etc… And then there is the survey, if you have not taken it, Hasbro has a big survey online for gamers. It sounds like they are looking to change things when you take it. I would much rather an RPG company buy the rights and take a new direction of just giving us the game we like to play. I wish somehow the rights could go to people who already put out great content with focus on just putting out stuff for existing editions instead of getting some team tasked with changing the game completely again. On top of that there has been a lot of discussion around social issues and the game, and I feel we can better address those in the community instead of just giving Hasbro money to address it with selling you a new product or profiting from your creation on their web community. Hasbro realizes they can make money by addressing these problems and that seems to be a point of marketing for them. (more…)

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