Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of this sentiment that D&D 4th edition “isn’t Dungeons & Dragons”. One guy tells me it’s no longer a roleplaying game, but “a miniatures wargame which just happens to use one mini per player”. I’m reasonably sure he’s trolling me.
This raises a good question, however: what is Dungeons & Dragons? How do you define it?
Someone gave a very good answer, which I have to agree with: D&D is whatever you’ve learned it as.
Consider this hypothetical situation. You grew up playing D&D as a monster-bashing game, but never used the trap rules. Now a new edition comes out and it removes traps. Is it still D&D?
If you never played with traps, then it’s still D&D. If you did, they’ve just cut a significant proportion of the gameplay and created something that’s not the game as you know it. You can either accept that this is a new and different form of the game, or decide it’s not for you and stick with the old edition.