I seem to have failed to mention, previously, that I’m very happy with D&D 5th Edition. After getting hold of the Player’s Handbook, I really liked what I saw in it. It was like a return to AD&D 2nd Edition, with the most glaring issues fixed and a few decent newer additions. It has it’s downsides, but I can overlook most of them since most involve classes and races I don’t particularly feel are appropriate. Those I can forbid in private games I run, and mostly ignore in games I play in.
The last time I really enjoyed playing D&D was in the very early 90s. And in the six months since I was able to acquire a copy of the Player’s Handbook for 5e, I have purchased the Dungeon Master’s Guide, Monster Manual, Hoard of the Dragon Queen, Rise of Tiamat, Starter Set, and as of today Princes of the Apocalypse. I’ve ordered the DM Screen, and hopefully will have it in my hands by the end of the week.
I honestly can’t recall the last time I was excited about D&D enough to do that. However, sadly, I can’t see it continuing with my buying everything. There are some game books I just don’t buy for some games, and D&D is the one I’m most picky about.
At this rate, as long as I can budget them, I’ll probably pick up the next few seasonal campaign books (especially if I’m running them as DM at the store for D&D Encounters). I’ll most likely buy the Forgotten Realms book when it comes out (or shortly after). If they release a Greyhawk book that will be on my to buy list. But that’s about it.
I’ve never been big on D&D splatbooks. I’ve had a few that I thought would be interesting, such as AD&D2’s Catacomb Guide, the AD&D2 Castle Guide, the AD&D1 Dungeoneer’s and Wilderness Survival Guides.
Setting books don’t qualify as splatbooks to me, and those have a higher likelihood that I’ll get, if I’m interested in the setting.
However, books that start with such words as Complete… I don’t really have any interest in those. To me, those break the game. Sure, they add options, but usually those options break the feel and wonder of the game.
But to sum it all up, while I will by no means buy every D&D 5e book, that does not mean I won’t be playing more of it, hopefully for years to come.