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Posted By: jaywaltTo follow up on John's point, this just proves to me EVEN MORE that Wizards has no idea 1) who their audience for D&D is or 2) how to market to them.The point that D&D is marketed badly is not one I'd argue. Although someone else might.
This is supposed to be the product for people new to D&D? So they make it look likean edition from the early 80s that people new to D&D have never even heard of and have no sentimental attachment to, with graphic design that is almost 30 years out of date?
I really, really don't get it. They're going to sell a bunch of copies to people nostalgic about earlier editions; that's all.
I mean, I'm happy for all you folks who get shivers about this, because that retro-ness is way cool, but -- as a product aimed at a new audience -- total failure.