July 5, 2008 – Fun with Fourth Edition, and more
With Mike, Allan, and guest Lee Valentine of Veritas Games Company.
We start out (at 1:55) discussing our general impressions of the D&D 4e Game System License. There’s some vaguery of language, some seemingly sweeping restrictions, and generally discouraging rules in the GSL. We swing ‘round to the fact that D&D Insider is just barely starting to show a portion of its potential (7:58), but still doesn’t help sell the game, particularly. At (11:40), Mike has played Keep on the Shadowfell a bit, Lee has a lengthy review of the Player’s Handbook for us (over in our Reviews section), and we debate proper pricing for 4e products. A few brave and bold companies out there, including Goodman Games, are going ahead with 4e products, and we talk a bit about them.
In other news, Fantasy Flight’s Mutant Chronicles CMG has dropped the “C” part, which we find interesting. Some retailers feel otherwise. (20:04) OgreCave listeners who follow our main news feed have weighed in on this already.
Days of Wonder products are now exclusively distributed by Alliance. We discuss briefly, making the apt comparison to comics distribution. If you don’t know why this matters, Lee lays it out for you. (25:45) Musing on other DoW products eventually winds down this topic.
Currently Playing arrives at (32:30). Allan starts, having played his weekly D&D game (still firmly 3.5, due to lack of demand for otherwise). Red Dragon Inn (Slugfest Games) dominated one of his boardgaming group’s sessions, but also allowed time for You’ve Been Sentenced, and Cave Troll: Second Edition.
Mike chimes in (35:24) with a mention of blending D&D 4e with Universalis. He’s also played Dungeonquest, Elkfest, Aquarius, and a little gem called I Win. He also compares Carolus Magnus to Power Grid, favorably.
At (39:30), Lee’s been deeply embroiled in playing and reviewing D&D 4e, but managed to get some other games in. He played Ticket to Ride: Switzerland and Ticket to Ride: 1910 – Big Cities, then got his ego handed to him by his cable system in Reversi, but fared better in Sudoku. He’s also planning to review Ticket to Ride: The Card Game soon.