Last week I gave five reasons why I prefer D&D 4E. Since I don’t want people to think I’m not without reservations, here’s a list of some things I don’t like about the new edition.
- Tieflings and dragonborn are ugly. Heroes aren’t supposed to look like the monsters. There’s a piece of art in one book depicting a tiefling facing off against a half-orc, and I can’t tell which one is meant to be the “good guy”.
- Goofy read-aloud text. There are some really cheesy lines in the core books. “You’ll have to deal with me first, dragon!”
- Certain elements are too abstract. Several actions in 4E don’t correspond to anything in-game. Healing surges in particular don’t represent any potion or spell, so much as “you gain hit points back”, leaving you to imagine for yourself what action this represents.
- Skill challenges are awful.. As written, the DM tells the players what skills they can roll, and they do so in turn for minimal XP. Success is awarded not for clever plans, but on whether or not you roll enough successful skill checks of any type. An errata has already been released to try and mitigate this.
- WotC products are pushed too heavily. The books strongly encourage the use of D&D Dungeon Tiles and D&D Miniatures. However, there aren’t enough miniatures out to cover all the monsters you want to use, and if there were most players’ budgets wouldn’t cover it.