This is pure wishful thinking and speculation on my part, but what if Storm Over Baldur’s Gate is released with both Fourth Edition and D&D Next statblocks and rules?
SOBG is the first adventure in the Forgotten Realms Sundering series scheduled for launch on August 20 2013 according to the listing at Amazon, but it gives no hints as to which system it is designed for – just a vague reference to a “32-page adventure book”. It could be that this is going to be entirely system neutral and lack any rules information at all. That would be great for the 64-page Baldur’s Gate setting book as I’m all for that being full of glorious FR fluff and information – but I do like a fair amount of crunch in my adventures.
The alternative is having loads of books open at the table during play and much page turning during encounters, and that will never do. Of course, we could prep a sheet with the required statblocks beforehand, but if you have to prep like this before running an adventure, what’s the point of using a purchased adventure? Unless you’re running a conversion from one Edition to another, I believe that published adventures should provide everything you need to play right out of the box (whether it comes in a box or not).
Providing both 4e and D&D Next information and stats opens up not two, but three possibilities – running the game using Fourth Edition, running it using D&D Next, or switching over from 4e to ‘Next part way through.
The name of the game in the Sundering series is change, and what better way to mark that change and the impact it has on the Realms than to recreate your character in a new Edition as the adventure progresses? Your hero would actually feel the changes to the world as they gain new abilities, lose others and perhaps even change race or class as a result of the Sundering. Not that we quite know what the Sundering is yet, but I’m sure looking forward to finding out.
What do you think?
Do you reckon this will be system neutral, dual format or one system only? Would you run it in 4e, D&D Next or use it to mark the shift in the Realms by switching system mid-game?
I look forward to hearing your thoughts.