One D&D: My Theories and Predictions for the Next Evolution of D&D

It’s official – Wizards of the Coast has begun releasing playtest material for the next evolution of Dungeons and Dragons, which they are calling “One D&D”. This material gives us the first glimpses at their design philosophy and approach towards D&D, and by reading between the lines I think we can actually learn a lot more about what the next version of D&D might look like. Today I want to give my thoughts and opinions on the currently release playtest material and, more importantly, make some predictions on what all of this means for the future of D&D. Without further ado, let’s get started.

The playtest document begins with “Character Origins” – specifically races and backgrounds. While most of the changes here are relatively minor, I think they reveal a lot about how the thought process and philosophy behind D&D design has changed since 5e was first released. First, there…

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