So, while I’ve been off doing things not D&D 5E related and waiting with bated breath for a firm playtest release date, the Internet went and finally coughed up some NDA-breaking info on 5E. Here’s a link to a Pastebin copy of everything.
Well, sort of. What we got was secondhand descriptions, a large chunk of it paraphrased without the source material at hand by the leak’s own admission, of a 1.0 alpha version of a rules document that was supposedly the first one sent out to playtesters at some indeterminate point in the past. The key source is a Something Awful forum thread, where user Man-Thing posted the first material as a quote, and which other bits of leaked info have been tacked on. Also, the contributors to that thread [and some of the leakers] appear to all be 4E fans who are all disappointed that 5E will be anything than 4E Part 2.
So, are we clear? Paraphrased secondhand information from a dubious source of obvious 4E slant. And you were wondering why I had “leak” in quotes in the title. That said — and assuming that some or all of the info is accurate and reflects actual things in an actual playtest document — there’s some interesting insights in there about what ways the 5E development may be going, some of it echoing things said at DDXP, in the L&L columns, etc.
As a service to the community, I was going to seperate the data from the QQ and list what actual information the “leak” contains … but then I found out that The Dice Are A Lie beat me to the punch. So thanks to OSRBaron for doing the hard work! You all should go and read his post now. That lets me get right to the fun part: giving my opinion.
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