Dear Wizards of the Coast:
Did you fail your saving throw vs. Stupid Marketing Decisions?
Putting aside the fact that a promotional video for your own product shouldn't underscore all the ways it has sucked over the years...
Putting aside the annoying, lisping little Frenchie...
Putting aside the fact that even a casual D&D player knows you can't just behead a troll like that without using fire or acid to overcome its regeneration...
All of that aside, you have still made a huge and stupid blunder: You announced 4th edition before Christmas.
Goodbye, Christmas sales of 3.5 edition books.
You remember Christmas, right? The one month of the year that brings in more revenue than the previous eleven combined? Yeah, you just screwed yourself out of that money.
I know that I, for one, will certainly not buy any D&D product until 4e comes out, because it's 99% certain that it won't be backwards- compatible, and I know I'm not the only one to think like this. Regardless of whether or not I switch to 4e, since I know that 3.5 lifespan ends in May 2008, I'll just wait until the hordes of fanboys sell their "obsolete" books back to the stores. I'll bet I can get a very nice discount on them....
Seriously, that's a totally bonehead maneuver. What you should have done was wait until January to make the announcement, and then release the books in August at GenCon 2008.
See how tidy that is? You get your Christmas sales, you announce "A new edition for a new year," and you release that edition at the biggest fucking gaming convention in the U.S.
Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go stake out a place by the bargain bins.
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