So this evening we attended the launch parrty for 4th edition Dungeons & Dragons at the London Dungeon. After nibbles and a drink, the marketing man gave a speech. "This has been a great year for D&D, the death of Gary Gygax has given us a lot of extra publicity," or words to that effect. Sasha and I just looked at other. "He can't say that," he said, but nobody else seemed to notice.
So we played the game. It's even more a tactical combat game, very hard to play, I imagine, without miniatures. The powers system which replaces spells and feats seems well done so that even at first level PCs have plenty of options. The feel is more heroic, more World of Warcraft.
We then had a few drinks and a kebab. There are worse ways to start your birthdsy.