When my group playtested D&D 4th Edition, I immediately thought that that the new rules could work well in Eberron, particular in its pulpish, high-adventure incarnation. The lost continent, the dinosaur-riding halflings, the magical technology -- it all seemed like it would mesh well with 4E's default power setting, but unfortunately, Wizards decided to destroy, err, remake the Forgotten Realms instead.
Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition is seeing a nice publicity bump from its second round of major book releases as PHB 2, Arcane Power, Monster Manual 2, Eberron Campaign Setting and DMG 2 all hit the stands over the next few months.
Some of the second-stage books for D&D 4th Edition are hitting book stores, which has ignited a new wave of reviews among bloggers. I don't think any of these new books are going to change hearts and minds among those who dislike 4E -- that will have to wait for 2009's Player's Handbook II -- but I do think they serve to fill holes in 4E's lineup.
Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition has been getting some more reviewer love the last few weeks as another wave of third-party products hits the shelves. The two notable books are Advanced Player's Guide (Expeditious Retreat Press) and Forgotten Heroes: Fang, Fist and Song (Goodman Games), and both are looking to fill the void left in D&D 4E by the omission of barbarians, druids and bards.
Last week's surge of Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition reviews has abated, but there's a few new ones out there. What I find interesting about the reviews that are coming out now is that folks have had a chance to digest and (more importantly) play the game. As a result, people are getting past the surface reactions to 4E ("oh my god! it's a paper MMORPG!", "oh my god, it's so much better than sliced bread it's like it went back in time, and became sliced bread!!!") and starting to get into actual play issues.
Since I mentioned last week that I thought the RPG blogging community should do more reviews, I thought it might be a good idea to follow-up on that and see what's available this week. It turns out it's a good week for reviews, with a slew having been posted for the new D&D 4th Edition Forgotten Realms campaign book. There are also reviews of the new 4E DM screen, a Legend of the Five Rings source book, and the Battlestar Galactica RPG.
I also came across the blog post "Where To Get You Some RPG Reviews", which runs down the best places to find role-playing game reviews on the web.