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I've been getting most of this info from a podcast called "The Tome" - just transcribing the interesting bits as they mention them, thus the stream of consciousness style...

http://thetome.podbean.com/

PHB 2 –
New races: Gnome, Half-Orc, Shifter (!), Goliath – and there are some new ones, probably, but they’re being evasive.
Classes: Bard, Sorcerer, Barbarian, Druid – all that’s announced – with Primal power source.
Power Sources as a concept: No real game mechanics, but thematic ties between classes with the same power source – every class has a role, but not a lot of duplication with same power type, same source – but not an intentional design decision, just a story element. Primal source: “what druids use.” Nature stuff, “the granola power source.”

“Arcane, Divine, and Primal classes.” So…implication is a new *divine* class. There are eight classes in the book, we’ve only got information on four of them.

There’s a new system in place – or subsystem – besides pets and cohorts, but no info.

MANUAL of the PLANES – December (yay!)
Large – 220 pages. Fewer planes of course – only about six planes…but each plane has more information (30 pages or so?) information on Layers of the Abyss included, and some other interesting locations. Some “old familiar faces” showing up – not a lot of information on Good Guys to be included, but “this isn’t the last word on the planes for 4th ed,” with a focus on individual planes in the future.

No current plans to reintroduce old settings (specifically Planescape…)

“A useful toolbox for GM’s to play with.” Some new feats, paragon paths, but not a player-focused books. No new planar races, “for the most part we’re trying to keep that restricted to Player’s Manuals and campaign setting overviews.” Lots of old and new monsters. Baphomet (Rock on, I love the big minotaur demon lord...) Interestingly, one of the screenwriters for Transformers the Movie worked on MOTP.

Martial Lore – “some specifics,” even if 4.0 doesn’t focus on setting – things like “famous fencing styles of D&D,” “the author of The Art of War,” and other story elements that people might include.

Eberron – Campaign and PHB both in development (two books, sigh). Not significantly advancing the storyline for Eberron. What’s New? Where did the Dragonborn come from? Storyhooks for Eladrin and Tieflings…More emphasis on unknown territory, to emphasize the “points of light, expanse of darkness” concept of 4.0.

D&D Insider – Monster info coming soon. “Cool Toys” in progress, but no real date so far. Character Builder, Character Visualizer on-line first, “next few months.” Game table is a longer time investment.

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nightfolf
Sep. 29th, 2008 10:47 pm (UTC)
We'll have to sit and talk about the D&D game sometime so you can help me figure out what it is I have to do. And I need to look at that book some more. I didn't get to look at it long the other night. :)
spottylogic
Sep. 29th, 2008 11:25 pm (UTC)
*grabs game book, scuttles into corner.*
My...precious....
*bites your hand*
nightfolf
Sep. 29th, 2008 11:33 pm (UTC)
Bad Spot bad! Share like a good... well I guess Hyena's don't share normally, maybe I'm not sure. lol

Regardless you shouldn't bite a hand that scritches you and pays you rents. XD
spottylogic
Sep. 30th, 2008 12:03 am (UTC)
But...the hand that scritches me is the only one within reach! Unfair temptation, cruel fate :(
nightfolf
Sep. 29th, 2008 11:43 pm (UTC)
I could also say because I'll be playing the game too and without looking at stuffs and being told what I need to do I'd probably be clueless when the game starts.

But then that may just be entertaining for you. lol But then I'd torture you by trying to do and be things that are impossible. Like a anthro fox/wolf lawful good monk! Muhahaha >:3
spottylogic
Sep. 30th, 2008 12:05 am (UTC)
Well, it's a real damned simple system, at least the basics are. There's some complexity, but you have most of it written down in your character sheet. Nevertheless, I'll try to leave the book where it's accessible :) Take it to work with you, if yer bored :)
spottedhyena
Sep. 30th, 2008 01:14 pm (UTC)
I take it the term "Primal" replaces "Martial" from the first PHB? I also would expect the monk class to reappear--I think the D&D website mentioned the monk class as being slated for a future supplement.

I'll be glad if they reduce the number of planes--I think they had overdosed on planes in the first edition.
spottylogic
Sep. 30th, 2008 01:17 pm (UTC)
I don't know if "replaces" is the right word, it's a new power source. Personally, I'm not betting on monks, traditionally they're a martial group--I'd bet they'll be in the 3rd PHB down the road, if they expand the martial classes or add psychics.
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