So, apparently not content with the level of nerd rage currently foaming in the D&D Next Forums, Monte Cook laid this one on us today …
Second—and this sounds so crazy that you probably won’t believe it right now—we’re designing the game so that not every player has to choose from the same set of options. Again, imagine a game where one player has a simple character sheet that has just a few things noted on it, and the player next to him has all sorts of skills, feats, and special abilities. And yet they can still play the game together and everything remains relatively balanced. Your 1E-loving friend can play in your 3E-style game and not have to deal with all the options he or she doesn’t want or need. Or vice versa. It’s all up to you to decide.
So, yeah, needless to say, this has caused a stir on the forums. How on Earth could a system be designed where players, playing side-by-side at the same table, would use different editions of D&D? It’s madness, I tell you! Madness!!!! Monte Cook is a hack! They’re teasing us with impossible bullshit! WotC is finally going to put a nail in the D&D franchise! DOOOOOOOOOOMMMMM!
Only, hold on. It’s not, really. In fact, if it’s thought about a certain way … it’s just crazy enough that it might work.
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