Gather up your 20-sided dice as the next iteration of Dungeons & Dragons is finally underway. Wizards of the Coast announced today the company is developing the fifth edition of the role playing game and, "will be looking to the legions of D&D fans to help shape the future of the game along with us." Dungeons & Dragons really did launch the entire gaming genre so many years ago, and it's finally time to give back.
"Our mission is to ensure that D&D enters its next 40 years as a vibrant, growing, and exciting game. By listening to the needs of the D&D community, we can meet this goal," said Mike Mearls in a letter to D&D fans.
Starting in Spring 2012, Wizards will be conducting ongoing open playtests with the gaming community in order to get feedback on the new D&D game. According to Mearls, they already have an idea in mind for the direction of the game, but need your help to hammer down the details.
"We want a game that rises above differences of play styles, campaign settings, and editions, one that takes the fundamental essence of D&D and brings it to the forefront of the game," Mearls said.
"In short, we want a game that is as simple or complex as you please, its action focused on combat, intrigue, and exploration as you desire. We want a game that is unmistakably D&D, but one that can easily become your D&D, the game that you want to run and play."
So if you want to jump in help and Wizard, all you have to do is opt in via the web site. "Through our web site, we will release a growing set of rules, classes, monsters and other materials for your study and feedback," Mearls said.
"We seek to reach as many people as possible, from the gamer who just started with D&D last week to the gaming group that has been together since the early-1970s. For this process to work, we want to give a voice to all D&D fans and players of all previous editions of the game."
If you want to sign up, just head over to Wizards' website and opt in now.
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