2008 is the year of the Dragon (yes, the upcoming new year is really the Year of the Rat, but shut your gob). D&D is slated for a face lift this Spring, and then coming down the pipe in August will be the new Forgotten Realms source materials.
FR has been our setting of choice since we fell in love with D&D and it's Gold Box games for the C-64, which made us oh so happy. You see our D&D players of the group grew up in slight seclusion in all stretches of seculded New England: in the Vermont foothills, down Maine, and generally in older person neighborhoods of southern Rhode Island. There just weren't many players lounging-around and rolling dice in basements nearby - well there were a few meetups around but almost everyone there smelled like old Cheeto's n'clothes that needed an exorcism before they could be burned. After we got bored rolling our AD&D characters in teams of two and then just poking them with a stick, these Computer RPGs became our main stay until the mid 1990s.
But we digress. Our Calendars flipped to 2008 yesterday and almost immediately we decided to make D&D 4th Edition our new passion for the new year. Here we see a two part interview about the upcoming Forgotten Realm make over, which shifts the time period to the new setting where the D&D magic mechanics make more sense.
We'll keep you posted as Wizards of the Coast releases more juicy details as we approach the Spring release.,