[WARNING: A RANT FOLLOWS]
By nature, I have a slow boiling point.
I realize how hum-drum edition wars can be, but I just can't hold it in any longer.
I've owned the 4E rulebooks and I've played it enough, even in a Gencon tournament, to know that I really can't stand it.
This is not Gygax's D&D. Hell it isn't even your older brother's D&D. Mearls et al. can try to make it look like D&D they can try to make it quack like D&D but, as an old football coach told me, "you can't make chicken salad out of chicken feathers." It is what it is...and it isn't D&D. I really have no idea how Mearls can sleep at night.
I can't stand the renaming of goblins and trolls and such just so they can IP, trademark, and/or copyright everything.
I don't recognize the monsters, I don't recognize the game, I don't recognize the aesthetic. My D&D is medieval fantasy, not fantastical.
Are these splatbooks, editions every couple years, and the fragmenting of the fanbase ultimately good for D&D? Hell no. D&D should be classic like monopoly, or scrabble. It has the same name-power as these classic games and yet we as D&D fans can't talk to each other anymore because of the direction Mearls and Slavicek have taken the game. We need to start asking the same question as those vested in baseball interests, "Is this good for D&D?". Looks like even Goodman Games has bailed on 4E.
All I'm trying to say here is that the whole thing is a damn shame. It's my game too, and I really dislike what has been done to it and the shameless use of classic art recently to sell their lame excuse for D&D.
It's not my D&D and I won't teach it to my kids.
...wait. That doesn't go far enough.
If the last version of D&D on earth was a 2010 Red Box, and that Red Box was on fire, and all I had was a full bladder, I wouldn't even piss on it to put the fire out. I'd just start over.
There. I'm done.