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Rule-of-Three: 07/24/2012
Rodney Thompson

A nnouncement: Starting next week, this D&D Q&A column will be moving over to the D&D Next Playtest Group, where it can better serve our heavily enfranchised D&D community. In addition to tackling questions related to D&D Next, we will continue to answer questions related to 4E products, other D&D products, and D&D in general.

Here's How It Works: Each week, our Community Manager will scour all available sources to find whatever questions you're asking. We'll pick three of them for R&D to answer, whether about the about the making of the game, the technical workings of our D&DI studio, or anything else you care to know about . . . with some caveats. There are certain business and legal questions we can't answer (for business and legal reasons). And if you have a specific rules question, we'd rather point you to Customer Service, where representatives are ready and waiting to help guide you through the rules of the game. That said, our goal is provide you with as much information we can—in this and other venues.

Some people have asked when we’re going to answer more 4E-related questions. The reason why most of the questions have been focused on the next iteration of D&D is because the vast majority of questions we’ve received of late are focused on D&D Next. Today, however, I will answer some 4E questions.

1 How long will you continue to review 4E products for errata?

Keeping in mind that plans can change, our intention is to continue releasing errata as needed for 4E products and articles for the foreseeable future. As long as we are producing new 4E content, we plan to give it the same consideration with regard to errata that we do currently.

2 Would a reprint of the 4E core books with the last errata be a possibility?

Our reprint schedule is based on two things: our current supplies of the books, and the demand for them. Right now, we have no plans to reprint the 4E core rulebooks, given those criteria.

3 Will the 4th Edition versions of Dark Sun, Eberron, and Forgotten Realms continue to be the focus of the "Eye on" articles, or will they transition to D&D Next or be dropped entirely?

Right now, we are planning to continue those article series—with their focus on the 4E iteration of their settings—at least through the end of 2012. However, the editorial team responsible for D&D Insider content is still discussing plans for 2013, and no decisions about those articles has been made.

How can I submit a question to the Rule-of-Three?

Instead of a single venue to submit questions, our Community Manager will be selecting questions from our message boards, Twitter feed, and Facebook account. You can also submit questions directly to So, if you'd like to have your question answered in the Rule-of-Three, just continue to participate in our online community—and we may select yours!

Voting has now opened for the 2012 ENnies (the Gen Con EN World RPG Awards). Best of luck to all nominees!

Rodney Thompson
Rodney Thompson began freelancing in the RPG industry in 2001 before graduating from the University of Tennessee. In 2007 he joined the Wizards of the Coast staff as the lead designer and developer for the new Star Wars RPG product line. Rodney is the co-designer of Lords of Waterdeep and is currently a designer for Dungeons & Dragons.
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