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?