1. And I am also unequivocally middle-aged.

  2. Wizards of the Coast (the company that publishes which publishes D&D) has been marketing really heavily to nostalgia in the last year or so, and created a modified form (called ‘Essentials’) of the current rules to make that easier. And there has been much grar-ing and gnashing of teeth about it among the people who stuck with the company through the 3rd edition to 4th edition changeover (or who started playing with 4th edition), calling this a ‘stealth edition change’ and a dumbing down of the rules. So it’s interesting and a nice change of pace to hear from someone for whom this stuff was created and who hasn’t been following changes to the game over the last few decades.

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