SEATTLE, WASHINGTON (April 1, 2018): Today, Wizards of the Coast (WotC) announced the return of a classic edition that “has been off the shelf for too long,” says new head of archived content Annie O’Moss.
“We have had great success with the current edition of Dungeons & Dragons (that we may still be saying is not 5th edition, I’m not sure if we buckled to public demand or if we’re officially dying on that hill)” O’Moss said, then murmured, before continued. “But there is still a ravenous desire for D&D 3rd and 3.5 edition content, and that edition of the game has not been supported since 2007, other than the special editions we released, and nothing else.”
According to notes O’Moss shared, there will be significant changes to the Legacy of 3rd Edition Edition (which fans have already started calling 3.Leg, and O’Moss has already developed a twitch at any utterance of the nickname). Those changes include:
- All player and Game Master rules in a single volume
- Exciting new options for character classes like fighters, wizards, rogues, clerics, and more
- Displacer beasts!
- Streamlined and updated rules for feats and skills that increase options for your hero
- Mind flayers!
- A simple combat system with easy rules for grapples, bull rushes, and other special attacks
- Spellcaster options for magic domains, familiars, bonded items, specialty schools, and more
- Umber hulks!
- Hundreds of revised, new, and updated spells and magical treasures
- … and much, much more!
“Think of it like when Disney opens their vault to bring back a classic,” O’Moss explained. “Maybe you remember liking Cinderella, but we bet you’ll like Cinderella digitally remastered more!”
For fans of 5th edition/Dungeons & Dragons with no editions attached to the name, O’Moss says not to worry. “Just because Cinderella is back, that doesn’t mean Moana isn’t going to get an ice show. We can make the Cinderella fans’ money at the same time as we make the Moana fans’ money. And if we didn’t bring Cinderella back, no one else could. It’s our intellectual property. Sure, it’s based on a classic story and the key elements are in the public domain, but no other adaptation can include a blonde in a blue dress or Jaq and Gus. And believe me, we will take advantage of that with as much Jaq and Gus merchandise as we can pump out. Metaphorically speaking.”
When asked if this extended Cinderella metaphor was some kind of reference to Paizo, O’Moss simply said “No thank you, I’m full.”