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    WotC dropped part of the veil regarding 4e. Few of the things mentioned were two classes: the Sage, and the Magician.

    While the idea of a sage was not very controversial as a move, since two of the main core classes suit the role of the Sage perfectly (the bard and the rogue, with the proper selection of feats and skills), the Magician has not been implemented in any setting other than Birthright until now!

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    At 01:24 PM 6/29/2004 +0200, RaspK_FOG wrote:



    >WotC dropped part of the veil regarding 4e.



    Interesting. What`s the source? Got a link?



    Gary

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    I realised just now that I reread my post that I overreacted; while the whole idea has been announced, they gave no specifics as to how the Magician is implemented.

    I quote:
    Originally posted by "http://www.adnddownloads.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=915@ from a Los Angeles Times clipping."
    HASBRO TO RELEASE FOURTH EDITION OF POPULAR D&D GAME IN FALL 2006

    Associated Press--In a move designed to cement their already
    formidable presence in the role-playing game market, Hasbro subsidiary
    Wizards of the Coast is planning to release a fourth edition of its
    popular Dungeons & Dragons ™ game in fall 2006. The move is seen
    as somewhat controversial by industry insiders since Wizards of the
    Coast (WotC) has just released a revision to the third edition of the
    D&D game, commonly referred to as "version 3.5".

    "It comes as a bit of surprise to some of our fans, perhaps," said D&D
    designer Jonathan Tweet, "but a fourth edition of D&D is the logical
    progression of the game's evolution. To help support our fans who
    have bought the 3.5 core books we're going to be offering a 15%
    trade-in deal for the new fourth edition core books. We're excited
    about the work being done for the fourth edition and now that 3.5 is
    out it's time to start planning for the future. We're going to be
    doing things in this new game that no one has ever dared do in an
    RPG."

    Tweet offered no further comment, but stressed that the fourth
    edition--officially titled "Dungeons & Dragons Millenium
    Edition"--would be a "substantial rethinking" of the D&D brand.
    Hasbro's stock jumped five points after the exciting announcement.



    1. Release date has been set at Fall 2006, though some reports have
    (incorrectly) reported Fall 2005.

    2. D&D 4th edition will mark the return of the boxed set. The game
    wll be sold in both "Starter Set" and "Master Set" editions. The
    "Starter Set" will be a boxed set which will include the 4th edition
    Player's Handbook (hardcover), several maps and counters (WotC
    insiders are refusing to give details about these, but claim that they
    will be an integrated part of gameplay, not just used for combat
    resolution), and 10 miniatures. The "Master Set" ("master" referring
    to Dungeon Master) includes all of the above plus the Dungeon Master's
    Guide and the Monster Manual. Dice will not be included in either
    set.

    3. A report in the Los Angeles Times stating that the new game will be
    officially called "Dungeons & Dragons Millenium Edition" has proven
    unfounded. At this time the game is simply being referred to by WotC
    as "D&D 4th Edition".

    4. The game will make extensive use of miniatures and counters; unlike
    previous editions their use will not be optional. Interestingly, the
    game will also use various systems for task resolution in addition to
    die rolls. No details on what kind of systems, but some are
    speculating a tarot card deck will be included with the Master Set.
    This is, however, unfounded at this point in time.

    5. New core classes [not prestige classes] include Alchemist, Sage,
    and Magician. No word on which, if any, classes from 3/3.5 will be
    dropped. When asked how "Magician" differs from Wizard/Sorcerer, WotC
    insiders smiled slyly but had no reply.

    6. The game will use a 1.5" scale for its combat grid and all
    miniatures released for the game will use this new scale.

    To say the least, though, WotC uses the 1,5" scale, which happens to be relatively unused by a lot of people, which basically means: "Not only must you use figures, you must also use our own, new, high-quality figures&#33;" <_<

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    I tend to doubt the legitimacy of the article that you cite. First of all, because a search of the Los Angeles Times archives fails to turn up the article, but also because a review of the performance of Hasbro Stock in October (the alleged publication of the article in the LA Times is October 10th by my reckoning) does not show a five point jump, or even a sudden jump. Over the course of the month there is a rise of about 2 1/2 points, but nothing as dramatic as the article implies.

    I used google to search for the article on the internet too, using "Dungeons and Dragons Millenium Edition" and the headline as keywords, but was able come up with three extant reference only. All of them come from message boards, one of them only had the headline repeated several times. The other two were identical to the post you quoted, including the 6 points that were included outside of the article.

    I found this lack of internet propagation telling, you&#39;d think it would appear elsewhere, especially given that the article was supposedly released by the AP (without a dateline I may add). That means that it should have been picked up by multiple newspapers at least.

    Furthermore, (If I may get on my own soapbox) even if Wizards or Hasbro intends to release a new edition by 2006, they would be idiots to announce it so early, because that would mean that all of their releases up until then would be "lame duck" games, their sales would be deppressed especially as the 4E date neared, because people probably wouldn&#39;t want to spend money on something that would be completely replaced so soon afterwards.

    You can&#39;t always trust what you hear on the internet.

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    I searched the wizards site, and this is all I found about the so called 4th edition (look at the date&#33:

    http://www.wizards.com/dnd/article.a...nd/dx20010401a

    I suppose there really isn&#39;t reason to assume they changed their minds since that time.

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    If you click on the link to read further it takes you here.

    http://www.wizards.com/news/pressrelease.asp?20010401a

    In the html lines is found the phrase "April Fools&#33;", which also happens to be the title of the html page itself.
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    heheh, one of the better ones, though they shouldnt have put April Fools anywhere on the page, would have made it definately more amusing.
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    Furthermore a search of the LATimes archives comes up empty on any so called Press Release. I would have to say that while it is probably true that they are developing 4th edition. They have not officially announced it as of yet. So to put the rumors to bed I have emailed Wizards of the Coast and asked them straight up. When I get a reply I will post it here.
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    Let us put this rumor to bed boys and girls. I emailed Wizards and this is the reply:

    "Dear Steven,

    That is pure rumor. We have released no such news. In fact, we have heard of no plans to release a 4th-Edition in the near future. Good Gaming&#33;

    *Please quote this email in any reply.*
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    I recently read on www.birthright.net that there was a press release
    saying the 4th edition of the rules will be out in 2006. Does such press
    release exist and/or is it true?"
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