When I saw the listing for “Heroes of Shadow”, the new D&D book, I was excited for several reasons. First and foremost was that it was hardcover, second was that in a few WotC employees had said they were done with the Essentials line for the time be and would be heading back to the “normal” 4th edition. Keep in mind that I have all the “normal” 4th edition books and was dismayed when the Essentials came out and looks suspiciously like a 4.5.
As it turns out, “Heroes of Shadow” is in fact a Essentials book, no matter how you slice it. That’s not to say it won’t work with 4th Edition, it will after some tuning and toying, but it’s not meant for it. Needless to say this pisses me right the fuck off, pissed off to the point that I’m done. Really, REALLY, done. I’m not going to support WotC’s constant assault on my wallet anymore, it’s like GW all over again. It’s for the best anyway.
The part of this that really cooks my bacon is that WotC couldn’t be bothered to call it what it is, a new edition, it’s the same shit they pulled with 3.5 but at least it got a new number all its own.