My review of Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition is up on SCIFI.com. I gave it a B.
Without a doubt, this was one of the hardest reviews I've ever written for SCIFI. It's hard to remain objective about a game that I've been playing, in one form or another for 20+ years, all the more so when the latest edition of said game doesn't fit with my current campaign or style of play. Although it may be difficult for longtime players to accept, 4th Edition does have its merits and advantages over 3rd Edition. I worked hard to balance those advantages against what I felt were the very real shortcomings of the new system, both as a game on to itself, and as the inheritor of the Dungeons & Dragons name.
It was made all the more challenging by writing it on the road; the rough draft of the lede and first few paragraphs were written at a hotel in New Hampshire the night before my nephew's baptism, the rest was banged out on my brother-in-law's Windows Vista laptop using Word 2007, also in New Hampshire.
Yes, Word 2007. Truly I'm willing to suffer greatly to get you, my noble reader, the best damn review possible.
I wish I'd had more space to get deeper into the game and the three core rule books, but as a review I think it stands well on its own. Plus, I can always go far mre in-depth on Nuketown (and will over the next week or two).