Kobold Press, a well-known game publisher, has revealed details of their upcoming Project Black Flag, which is designed to improve the popular 5th edition of Dungeons & Dragons. The company released its first playtest packet on Monday, which has generated a lot of interest and questions from the community. In response to the overwhelming demand, Senior Game Designer Celeste Conowitch has released a design diary explaining the purpose and goals of the project.
The primary objective of Project Black Flag is to challenge the monopoly of the current version of Dungeons & Dragons and provide a better alternative. The team believes that the current 5E system is fantastic, but it can still be improved. The project aims to maintain the best aspects of 5E while adding new and necessary changes that make it better for both players and game masters.
The project’s main goal is to make Dungeons & Dragons more accessible to everyone and to end the monopoly of one company controlling the game. Kobold Press wants to bring the power back to the people by providing them with the best version of the game possible.
Some of the changes included in the first playtest packet include a new system for selecting lineages and heritages, the removal of ability score increases from lineages and heritages, and a new talent system to replace feats. The project also aims to provide better rules for GMs and reduce the burden of encounter building and exploration.
The team is aware that there is still a lot of work to be done, but they are excited to continue developing the game and making it better for everyone. The community response to the first playtest packet has been overwhelmingly positive, and Kobold Press is looking forward to hearing more feedback as the project continues.
The design diary by Celeste Conowitch will be a monthly feature during playtesting and will provide insights into the team’s thought process and the changes that will be implemented in the future. The company is committed to creating a better version of the game and ensuring that it is accessible to everyone.