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Edition Wars

With the announcement from Wizards of the Coast about the upcoming new iteration of Dungeons & Dragons, there’s been the expected buzz in the fan community debating the merits of the current and all of the past versions of the game.

Actually, “debate” is a pretty tame word for what is more often referred to as the “Edition Wars.”

I always get frustrated by the Edition Wars because they basically seem to not so much be arguments about which system is better, but long and belabored personal attacks on anyone who backs a system other than a given poster’s chosen preference.

Since the announcement, I’ve been thinking about making a post pointing out that these Edition Wars are ridiculous fights over dogma, but I couldn’t figure out a way to do so with style and humor. Thankfully, Bill Cavalier — the Dungeon Bastard — has done it for me.


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