Not getting happier

>> Saturday, March 01, 2008

Is it me, or does the 4E D&D character sheet on display with this article look an awful lot like the dumbed-down character sheets from the 1981 revision Basic D&D (at the beginning of the fork, before the Expert and subsequent sets made D&D a separate game from AD&D and required more elaborate record sheets)?

I'm not opposed to simplifying games--to the contrary, I have an admiration for streamlined games. But there's a difference between "simplified" and "dumbed-down." A complicated and nuanced game can have very simple rules.

But that character sheet rubs me wrong. Maybe I'm biased. Maybe it's not even a real character sheet, maybe the demo games they're running are using stripped-down, bare-bones character records. But I've got a bad feeling about this. Oh, who am I kidding? I've had a bad feeling for months.

Anyway, judge for yourself.


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