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I picked up the D&D Next Playtest last week. It's an open playtest. The download includes a set of pregenerated characters, an adventure, a 10 or so page GM guide, and a 10 or so page player guide.
My thoughts on a quick read through the material:
The premise behind Homicidal Transients is a boiled-down parody/satire distilation of just about every (pseudo-) fantasy RPG ever made. You play a homicidal homeless person, bent on killing things and stealing their stuff. This game reduces that to it's most fundamental level.
Wizards of the Coast has announced that 5th edition is in the works.
Several blogs out there are already making the edition wars comments.I won't start a "edition x is so much better than edition y!" fight here. Kind of pointless as each edition that I've played has had it's strengths and its weaknesses.
This summer, I built my second Onager, a type of catapult. My original catapult design came from "The Art of the Catapult: Build Greek Ballistae, Roman Onagers, English Trebuchets, and More Ancient Artillery", by William Gurstelle.
Gangworld is a series of short supplements for D&D 3x (OGL d20), each describing a criminal organization. They are both low on crunchy mechanics, high on usable story items. The supplements are short, but well worth the $0.99 each for the PDFs.
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