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Even Yet More D&D 4e Previews

This time, we review epic destinies, orcs, and giants!

Epic Destinies. As we know from previous excerpts, in D&D 4e there are three tiers of play – Heroic (levels 1-10), Paragon (levels 11-20), and Epic (levels 21-30). Epic play ends with fulfilling your “epic destiny” and immortality (and character retirement). In other words, you can “win D&D.”

Several thoughts on this.

One, I started D&D with the Basic Set, so the progression from Basic to Expert to Companion to Master to Immortal isn’t unfamiliar to me, nothing wrong with it per se.

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4e Compilation PDF

“Verys Arkon” has compiled all the info about 4e revealed so far into a preview “Lite Edition” PDF.  Check it out here.  It appears to only include the stuff from DDXP, not the various things designers have revealed on blogs or whatnot (marking, etc.).

 As I read it I get back to my familiar ambivalence with 4e.  The initial changes in terms of simplification and encounter powers – basically all the stuff they showcased in Star Wars Saga Edition and Book of Nine Swords – I love.  All the other crap they piled on top of it – I hate.  Alas. 

The Stinky Cheese:

  • Teleporting elves
  • All point buy stats
  • Dumping half-orc and gnome for tiefling and dragonborn
  • Shoehorning “roles” for PCs and monsters
  • Movement in “squares”