I think we should cut Jaine a break – she’s a little rattled and out of her comfort zone.
I am on the horns of a mild dilemma: My gaming group has finished their first adventure on the high seas in the Lhazaar Principalities and have managed to wrangle themselves a ship and a bare bones crew (I almost said “Skeleton crew”, but this being D&D, that could have been taken literally). On top of that, I now have a copy of the new Player’s Handbook for D&D and I really really want to run that system instead of 3.5, which is what I’m running now. Usually I’d say, “hey folks, let’s try this instead,” and most people wouldn’t have a problem with this. The thing is, I have not one, not two, but THREE new players in this group. Not “new to this group” (although that certainly is true), but new to D&D period. One of my new players just bought her own copy of the 3.5 Player’s Handbook, which is not cheap. I don’t want to make everyone buy another book. Given that one of these new players is my sister, I’d never hear the end of it.
Another thing preventing me from switching over to the new D&D (or 5th edition, or D&D Next, or whatever you want to call it) is that I use the Eberron Campaign Setting and I have the following in my group: a warforged barbarian named Shrapnel, a Changeling Sorcerer named Moorea Rea, and a gnome artificer named “Gears” (think a very short Kaylee from Firefly). None of these options (except the gnome racial writeup) is provided for in the new D&D and there is no word on when Wizards is going to release any campaign sourcebooks for the new game. I know I could just make it up myself (imagine that!), but I already have one world that I’m making up (a.k.a. this comic strip) and I’m just lazy enough to not do that. At least, not yet.
What do you folks think?