Ainda faltam 9 horas…

E o pessoal da EN World como sempre esta fazendo um trabalho magnífico de coleta de informações! Alguns links muito interessantes surgiram entre centenas de posts:

O primeiro deles é o de uma declaração da editora israelense Silver Stars, que possui os direitos do D&D em Israel (tal qual a Devir aqui).

O texto original está em hebraico, mas um usuário da EN World traduziu seu conteúdo:

Ok, so a little information:

Fourth Edition is coming out starting in May 2008 in English. First the Player’s Handbook, then the Monster Manual, then the Dungeon Master Guide. Each month a new one.

The OGL keeps on living and so does the whole system (D20). All of course with the appropraite changes. Unfortunately, I can’t say what those are, as although the edition’s existence has been exposed they’re only releasing more details today.

I can tell you this: in accordance with our agreement with Wizards, we are already setting things up for a translation, so that between the publication in Engiligh and in Hebrew there would be a very short time. … Our current plan is to translate all the seven intial books of D&D 4 (no, I can’t tell you what the rest are at the moment, but they are so yummy, you’ll so enjoy them…). That means 2008 will be a very busy year…

Parece que essa editora israelense é bem hardcore, imagino como será aqui no Brasil… O segundo link é o da que aparentemente conseguiu (ou recebeu) a nota de divulgação oficial da nova edição antes do tempo:

August 16, 2007 (Renton, WA) – Whether you storm a mad wizard’s tower every week or haven’t delved into a dungeon since you had a mullet and a mean pair of parachute pants, one thing is certain – millions of D&D players worldwide have anticipated the coming of 4th Edition for many years. Today, Wizards of the Coast confirms that the new edition will launch in May 2008 with the release of the D&D Player’s Handbook. A pop culture icon, Dungeons & Dragons is the #1 tabletop roleplaying game in the world, and is revered by legions of gamers of all ages.

The 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons game includes elements familiar to current D&D players, including illustrated rulebooks and pre-painted plastic miniatures. Also releasing next year will be new web-based tools and online community forums through the brand-new Dungeons & Dragons Insider (D&D Insider) digital offering. D&D Insider lowers the barriers of entry for new players while simultaneously offering the depth of play that appeals to veteran players.

The 4th Edition rules emphasize faster game play, offer exciting new character options, and reduce the amount of “prep time” needed to run the game. D&D Insider includes a character creator that lets players design and equip their D&D characters, dungeon- and adventure-building tools for Dungeon Masters, online magazine content, and a digital game table that lets you play 24/7 on the internet — the perfect option for anyone who can’t find time to get together.

“We’ve been gathering player feedback for eight years,” said Bill Slavicsek, R&D Director of Roleplaying and Miniatures Games at Wizards of the Coast. “Fourth Edition streamlines parts of the D&D game that are too complex, while enhancing the overall play experience. At its heart, it’s still a tabletop game experience. However, D&D Insider makes it easier for players to create characters, run their games, and interact with the rest of the D&D community.”

Wizards of the Coast will release two 4th Edition preview books in December and January — Wizards Presents: Classes and Races and Wizards Presents: Worlds and Monsters. The first live demos of 4th Edition will happen at the D&D Experience gaming convention in Washington D.C. in February 2008. The full scope of 4th Edition books, miniatures, and adventures will be available in the spring and summer of 2008.

Since its first release in 1974, the fantasy roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons has taken millions of players on imaginary adventures of epic scale. Today, D&D is universally regarded as the original game that created the roleplaying game category, and the inspiration for generations of game designers. D&D is enjoyed by millions of players worldwide, while countless more remember it with fond nostalgia.

Não entendi como eles conseguiram essa nota, procurei um pouco na EN World, mas não encontrei uma explicação decente. No entanto duas páginas meio antigas da Amazon parecem confirmar essas informações, ou ao menos terem servido de base para a nota no caso seja falsa: Wizards Presents: Classes and Races e Wizards Presents: Worlds and Monsters ambos com preços e datas de lançamento anunciados, e que todos consideravam ser parte de uma nova série focada em livros de descrições e ricamente ilustrados.

Independentemente de sua veracidade, a nota tem sido tratada como verdadeira pelos milhares de jogadores que esperam ansiosamente às 19:30, horário em que a contagem regressiva termina…

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