D&D 5th Edition is Here!! How are you enjoying it?

5th Edition is finally out now and you may have had some opportunity to hop right in and get down to playing some games. If so I would like to know how you are all enjoying it thus far. From what I can see on message boards we seem to have a resounding success on our hands here.

I have ogled at it for a few days now but we already had glimpses of what was coming through all the play testing. I must say though that the edition has a very old vibe to it which is great. The system itself is just plain familiar. Definite elements from 2nd and 3rd editions that wiff of nostalgia and while to some that may not be a good thing I would beg to differ.

I don’t think it can be refuted that D&D heavily segmented the market with 4th edition more so then any previous edition. It drew a line and many people didn’t want to cross. I myself felt it was a bit too… video gamey. I literally felt at times I was playing an MMO like World of Warcraft and spamming actions rather then role playing.

While I haven’t cleared the book in it’s entirety yet I must say one thing though that stands out to me as a long time fan of all things Dungeons & Dragons and that is how inclusive this edition is. I am not talking just mechanics but the way the book is written.

Every edition was written with a default setting in mind, that being Greyhawk however now suddenly the Forgotten Realms is now holding that spot. Reading the book however you have quotes from Dragonlance, Forgotten Realms and Greyhawk. You have also races that are detailed for these various campaign settings. While I have a feeling they are holding back to elaborate more class specific material till they do a source book for that setting in the future I cannot help but simply feel included.

What drove me nuts about 3rd and 4th editions is that they dropped almost all their settings. Licensed the rest out for 3rd edition but then removed those licenses and made everyone suffer for 4th. Myself being a fan of Ravenloft felt very left in the dark and while 4th Ed had it’s Ravenloft flavored books it was never Ravenloft. It was almost forbidden to even mention it’s existence. The same went for the other campaign settings.

I get the feeling though and I hope, just hope, that they do follow through and release source books for all the settings. I get why they do the class books, the spell books and all that jazz. I also know that not all settings are popular like say Greyhawk or The Realms but it would be nice to just have a book to say, here is some fun specific stuff for you, here is some new information, now play!

Even my wife is wanting in on 5th edition and I plan on running a Greyhawk game for her. To me this edition has already won me over. Once I play with the rest of the guys and get my own game going I will update with more thoughts on how it all works. Stay tuned!

D&D Next Release Details

After an exhaustive public playtest, the time is nearly upon us! The new edition of D&D,  simply titled Dungeons and Dragons, is hitting shelves this summer into fall. The folks over at Dread Gazebo put together a great little synopsis of what that’s going to look like and when it’ll arrive.  It’ll start with the Starter Set in July, followed by the Player’s Handbook in August (some of which will be available at GenCon), then the Monster Manual in September, and finally the Dungeon Master’s Guide in November.

The books look really slick and while I’ve personally moved on to running a variety of other RPGs for the past number of years since D&D 4e’s release, I’m excited to see what the final product looks like and perhaps get a game started.

Click the link to get more details and see the fancy new covers:

Everything To Know About Upcoming D&D 5e Releases

 

Another look at The Flash

Well here we have what they are calling a full image of The Flash however he is in a preparing to run pose. I really want to see him just standing so we can see what everything REALLY looks like. Well I guess we will take what we can get right?

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A Look at The Flash

Well here we are folks. Warner Bros have released the first image of The Flash. Now this isn’t a full body suit image. They deemed us only worthy of a little bit of head as a tease before the full reveal. So far looking good but a little hard to judge with just that image alone. Thoughts?

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HEROES is coming back

Were you a fan of the tv show HEROES. I was a pretty big fan. I think the series had a lot to offer and brought superheroes more into the mainstream but it got a bit bloated at the end of it’s run. Well suffice it to say it is coming back in 2015. Not only that but the creator himself is coming back for it as well.  How about that for some interesting developments.

Heroes Reborn back in 2015 via IGN

Square Enix and the product of languishing delivery: Part Deux

Well the drama continues over at Square Enix where many people have yet to receive their collectors edition of Lightning Returns. There have been complaints to the Better Business Bureau, calls to Square Enix and calls to Digital River. with lots of finger pointing. Well finally Square Enix have responded and sadly they somehow made things slightly worse. Here is a small quote:

Earlier today, Square Enix North America learned that a small number of our fans had not yet received their online order placed from February 7-8. To all those affected, we sincerely apologize. Like you, we understand the frustration of not getting an order on the day it was promised.

We have since identified and remedied the issue, and are working to ensure that all of the orders will be processed in an expedited fashion.

Now they have supposedly sent as compensation an email to “those affected” with a credit, free delivery and refund of original shipping charge. Now that is pretty fair all considering but note that dates of the affected customers. Feb 7-8? Really?

So we have people affected well before that date and also after. What about them? Many people reported not even receiving that famous email. I know I haven’t but I am just waiting for my game patiently while playing Ni No Kuni.

I think the big lesson that needs to be learned is communication and customer service. Both have been executed poorly and looking at their remedy, they are not putting much thought into their future actions either.

For those still waiting for their game all I can say is keep the faith, I am waiting  with you all and maybe by the time the next Final Fantasy comes out we may have it.

Square Enix Apology

Square Enix and the product of languishing delivery

Well Square Enix seems to have burned the biscuits of many fans who have ordered their fancy collectors edition of Lightning Returns from their site. Now when ordered you can select your delivery method from standard to expedited. Many clients have ordered as early as January and have in turn received confirmation of shipment however this is where things are hitting a snag. Now for those who have standard shipment you are pretty much in a wait and see mode but for those who actually have a tracking number some have seen there games stuck in one location for upwards to 5 days. Now is this a problem on the carrier side, Square Enix or their apparent store middlemen Digital River.

I for one ordered the collectors edition at the beginning of February and indeed got my confirmation that it was shipped. On their site it warns that the game may not make it for launch day which isn’t so bad. I can live with that without amping up my nerd rage but I can see why many are very angry at this point especially the ones who ordered well before I did.

From reading the forums Square is being completely unresponsive aside from their moderator asking to contact their customer support who will then send you to call Digital River because it’s not their problem (they only make the games…duhhh), then Digital River will A) tell you that your item rather then be there in days will take 4-6 weeks to arrive despite their previous shipping information they provided. That would mean a game you should be playing in mid February will be playable in your home at beginning to mid march.

I personally bought the collectors edition from them because it was the most robust edition. It had the watch, art book, game, dlc, etc compared to other retailers who just had extra dlc. With this experience however I like many others will simply have to look elsewhere.

I think in this instance though Square Enix needs to man up and just say hey, we f***ed up, sorry and we’ll do better. What happened to simple customer service. Oh and if you want to see drama unfold, feel free to hit up the North American Square Enix page.