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You Can Take Our Status as a PC Race, But You Can’t Take Our FREEEEEEDOOOOOMMMM!

Posted By Martin Ralya On June 6, 2008 @ 5:19 am In Crock Pot | 16 Comments

Big News!

Today’s big news, of course: Kung-Fu Panda opens in theaters…

Oh, That Big News

Ahem. D&D 4th Edition launches today! Some of you may have already checked out the leaked PDFs, but I’m willing to bet plenty of folks are doing exactly what I’m doing: Counting the minutes until, the gods of Barnes & Noble willing, I can pick up my 4e core books after work, devour them and start answering your questions.

A Moment of Silence

If you’d like to join me in a moment of silence for our fallen brethren of the gnomish persuasion, banished forevermore to the Holy Stew Pot in the Sky, please doff your pointy hat, close your eyes, and remember them fondly. (If you’ve just fished a piece of braised svirfneblin out of the Holy Stew Pot, please chew discreetly.)

They’re in the MM, of course — or so I’m told. Gah! How many more hours until I get to skip past the 17 types of this edition’s version of slaadi and check out the bestest monster in the whole darn manual? Too many, too many.

I’m sure ghostwise tinker-tiefgnomes will be in the forthcoming Player’s Handbook II, in any case…

Will You be GMing 4e?

Anyone GMing at their FLGS for tomorrow’s Worldwide D&D Game Day? Already gearing up for your first 4e campaign?

Or will you be sipping mint juleps in complete disinterest before retiring for a drunken session of [Insert Your RPG of Choice Here] while ignoring 4e completely?

About  Martin Ralya

A father, husband, writer, small-press publisher, former RPG industry freelancer, and lifelong geek, Martin has been gaming since 1987 and GMing since 1989. He lives in Utah with his amazing wife Alysia and their awesome daughter Lark in a house full of books and games.




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16 Comments To "You Can Take Our Status as a PC Race, But You Can’t Take Our FREEEEEEDOOOOOMMMM!"

#1 Comment By Troy E. Taylor On June 6, 2008 @ 5:24 am

Strange as it may seem for a GM blogger such as myself, but I will be *gasp* PLAYING fourth edition at my FLGS, not DMing. So my first taste of the game will be from the other side of the screen.

#2 Comment By noisms On June 6, 2008 @ 5:58 am

Mint juleps for me. If I hear something utterly fantastic about 4e I might buy it, but otherwise… it’s not that I hate the idea of the new edition; I’m just apathetic.

#3 Comment By Patrick Benson On June 6, 2008 @ 6:06 am

I don’t play D&D, so I have no plans to play and/or run 4E at this time. If the system lives up to the hype though I will check it out. It might be the D&D that brings me back into the fold…

#4 Comment By Graham On June 6, 2008 @ 7:37 am

Yep. Right here:
http://criticalanklebites.com/2008/06/06/32-hours-of-4e-dd/

Starting this morning, 24 hours of D&D at the FLGS, finishing at 10 am Saturday. At 10 am Saturday, Game Day starts, where I will be GMing.

And I’m keeping a twitter feed (also at the above link) during the whole thing.

#5 Comment By Bartoneus On June 6, 2008 @ 7:52 am

I hate to say it but from the looks around my area B&N are not carrying any of the core gift set in stock, but I’ll be finding out during my lunch hour!

#6 Comment By davethegame On June 6, 2008 @ 8:08 am

I’ll be playing at game day, but not GMing. I would have volunteered if I had known that GMs get free minis though! I’m a sucker for free minis.

#7 Comment By DarthKrzysztof On June 6, 2008 @ 8:12 am

Mmm, mint juleps. But I’m in San Antonio, so it’s more likely to be margaritas…

I want to play tomorrow, but I haven’t reserved a spot anywhere. My v.3.5 game is on Sunday afternoon, so I haven’t decided if I want it to be an all-D&D weekend. Okay, I want it to be, but my marriage may not survive. : P

#8 Comment By Matthew J. Neagley On June 6, 2008 @ 8:15 am

I know! I’m totally psyched about Kung-fu Panda! The wife and I are taking teh Wooglet to see it tomorrow! I can’t wait! I’m a little miffed that one of their toy commercials calls an accessory that’s CLEARLY a longbow a crossbow, but hey, I’ll froth about that more later.

Here’s some 4E gnome good news. Page 277:
That’s the page of the MM where the gnome PC race stat block is located. Kid you not. Have fun!

#9 Comment By gomez On June 6, 2008 @ 8:55 am

I’ve brought them yesterday and I’m at page 104 of the PHB…
Alive and still reading.

#10 Comment By Scott Martin On June 6, 2008 @ 9:20 am

I asked/volunteered at the local game store– but while they’ll be playing 4e, they’re not doing any demoing or showing it off. I thought it was strange, but I suspect they just didn’t sign up to get the demo adventure. [Our local RPGA group at the library is playing tomorrow, but I think I’ll leave them to it.]

Tonight I run our 3.5 game as normal. Tonight the PCs at my table face a gnomish ninja attack! (Yes, seriously.)

#11 Comment By drow On June 6, 2008 @ 10:14 am

almost bought it last night at my FLGS (they were open at midnight), but i’m holding out until saturday instead. i’m still in the middle of my 3.5 eberron campaign, so i don’t think i’ll be starting 4e right away.

#12 Comment By Sektor On June 6, 2008 @ 10:43 am

I’ll be sitting back and enjoying the spectacle of ten thousands (if not more) of 6-feet-tall 4-year-olds finally getting their hands on that very first present at Christmas. I’ll be the grandpa of the DM-ing family sitting back in his rocking chair, enjoying everyone else enjoying themselves ;).

As for me, I don’t plan to buy the 4e books (especially not since I’m an avid fan of the Paizo Pathfinder products, and I have enough 3.5 material to last me four lifetimes), but I’m willing to sit in on a game and see how it plays.

#13 Comment By rekenner On June 6, 2008 @ 12:50 pm

Yeah. Gnomes are fully statted out in the back of the MM. They’re not gone.

#14 Comment By Swordgleam On June 6, 2008 @ 9:10 pm

I’m itching for a swashbuckling game, and Iron Heroes is currently fulfilling my need for d20-style crunchiness, so I think I’ll sit this one out for a while. I fell out of love with D&D when I discovered tri-stat, and while I’m willing to give 4e a chance, I’m not getting excited until the dice start rolling.

#15 Comment By Martin Ralya On June 9, 2008 @ 1:22 pm

Alysia and I actually did go see Kung Fu Panda on Sunday, and it was excellent. I highly recommend it. ;)

#16 Comment By Omnus On June 9, 2008 @ 10:33 pm

Ran the WW D&D game. I had a blast with a good group, but the second session I ran had no takers (and since I live in the Heartland of Gaming, Wisconsin, I was a bit blue afterwards). But we had a lot of fun. From watching the party panicking as their second winds got used up quickly against some animate statues, to watching a first-time player fist-pumping as he rolled a crucial critical against the white dragon in the second half, it was a good time.

I’m currently in the process of writing a gnome-featured silly-themed adventure for 4th Edition called “Against the Gnomes”, where the gnomes are sick of being abused and ignored in every campaign world, and decide to do something about it, the no-PC thing being the straw that broke the camel’s back. I hope it turns out well. (Think about it, gnome villages full of graffiti like “Tieflings suck!” or “Dragonborn – making new boots since a few days ago!” Fun times!)


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