And yet I have to drag myself to this game -- my loathing for 4th edition is that strong.
The "I hate 4th edition" ship has sailed long ago. Like many in my demographic, I tried to like it. I bought the PHB and the Martial Powers warrior builder book. I have suffered through two campaigns using this ridiculous rule system. I have a mind to show up today with my Red Box (Erol Otus cover) Basic Set or Pathfinder and dare Brodie to switch rule systems.
My character -- a tiefling wizard I inherited -- has hit 11th level. So now I must choose a "Paragon Path." None of the paths in the PHB fit my concept. My character is an egotistical bastard with an occasional nice streak. I suppose I'll have to search on Brodie's WotC "insider" program to find an acceptable path from the various supplemental material out there.
The case against 4th edition:
- Everything keyed to challenge ratings
- Near-impossibility of death
- Paragon Paths
- The entire "powers" concept -- I feel like a pro wrestler with my own finishing moves.
- The game serves the rules, rather than the reverse
- Tactical wargame feel
- Combat takes forever
- Binary Skill system does not allow for customization
- No saving throws -- DM rolls an attack roll. "Save" to end an effect.
- No save or die
- wholesale changes to established settings to shoehorn Dragonborn and Tiefling into the mix
- abandonment of Greyhawk