I just cancelled my pre-order for the new D&D Starter Set. It just isn't what I was hoping it would be. After the excellent Dragon Age Boxed Sets, I was really hoping for something along those lines. A game ... a real game we could play and not just a quick start adventure with only the rules you need to play, which is what this is.
I can't say that I am surprised. Really, it's what I expected ... but somehow, I was really hopeful that based on the Dragon Age example and given the resurgence of interest in all things classic D&D, that something more akin to the 1982 Red Box would emerge.
Anyway, I watched the "unboxing" video. Noted the slick magazine style interior pages with no real covers that bent flimsily as the presenter held them out for display and I just lost all interest. It's not what I want. I am interested in this version of D&D. I think that they have some good things going on here ... but, I want a package that's more substance than style.
Will I get the hardcovers when they come out? Probably ... maybe ... I'd rather have a more Basic D&D under a single cover ... maybe I'll just wait for the free Basic D&D PDF and use LuLu to print myself a copy ... because if I understand the plan right, the one version of the game that I might actually like, won't be released in print.