so, i've sort of been keeping an eye on the development of D&D NEXT. i know it's probably going to suck, but i can't help myself. my friend chris has really been keeping an eye on it, however. this has led us to exchange emails every monday or tuesday after mearls updates his LEGENDS & LORE column.
today, this was in an email he sent me: "it seems to me that they're looking at D&D as a big math equation and not a role-playing game".
boom. dead on.
so yeah, my hopes for NEXT aren't all that high. chris runs a D&D club at his school twice a week. the kids have abandoned 4E for 1E and LABYRINTH LORD. they also just voted to give up on the NEXT playtest that chris had been running for them.
what does all this tell you?