The 4e announcement depresses me.
I am trying to figure out why this is.
Some random thoughts:
- I’m worried that the licensing will change. From what I’ve read, it sounds as if all open-license-fan-material will need to be run through Gleemax. If that is true (and it may not be), it has at least some unpleasant consequences for what I’ve been doing in this blog.
- I’m worried that the system will be substantially similar to the Star Wars Saga Edition. When SWSE came out, I didn’t think this – but with 4e following so closely, I am concerned. I think that there are some great things in the SWSE system, but I also think that it has some serious issues – and I worry that they wouldn’t be fixed for 4e.
- I’ve invested a good chunk in 3.x – not just money, but time, thought, and effort. I feel like I am invested in the system. I enjoy tinkering with it, changing it, playing with it as a rule toolbox. Part of my enjoyment of it is my ability to easily share what I create with others. 4e’s release will reduce interest in this sort of thing.
I think that there is something else that is bothering me, but I am still not sure what it is.