Second—and this sounds so crazy that you probably won't believe it right now—we're designing the game so that not every player has to choose from the same set of options. Again, imagine a game where one player has a simple character sheet that has just a few things noted on it, and the player next to him has all sorts of skills, feats, and special abilities. And yet they can still play the game together and everything remains relatively balanced. Your 1E-loving friend can play in your 3E-style game and not have to deal with all the options he or she doesn't want or need. Or vice versa. It's all up to you to decide.That's really fucking stupid. Seriously. I realize what Monte Cook is saying, and it *sounds* fantastic: everyone can play their preferred version of D&D at the same time! But that's idiotic...when you play a game, everyone follows the same rules. That's sort of the point. If you don't particularly care for the rules, you can change them, but all the players must adhere to the same rules-set. Having a ton of options for Player A (power attack and cleave or whatever) and none for Player B (1st level fighter!) isn't using the same rules, even if player B would never use those options. The fact that they don't exist means the two players aren't playing the same game, regardless of what the fuck Monte says. Either Player A's options are a simple charade or Player B is getting fucked.
WotC is doing the worst thing imaginable: trying to please everyone. This is impossible. 4th edition pissed me off, but a lot of people like it. I like 1st, 2nd, 3.X, B/X, Mentzer, etc, all for various reasons. Each of these games offers something subtly different and is worth playing for those traits. Trying to shoehorn everything into one unified game will not only strip out any of the reason for playing those games but also create a game that has no identity. Instead of another game some people like and some don't, we're going to get the equivalent of plain oatmeal: yeah, you can add whatever flavors you want, but in the end it's still fucking oatmeal. That is awful tripe.
I honestly looked forward to D&D 3 when it came out and was actually pleasantly surprised. I preordered 4th and hated it, gave away the books. But I *did* read them. I have no idea if I'll even bother with 5th because I ALREADY HAVE the versions of the game I like. Why the fuck do I want to waste money on something that attempts to duplicate what I already have? That's stupid. So goddamn stupid.
Also, Wizards is re-releasing AD&D, so that's cool. I mean, I already have 15 copies of the PHB, but hey, I'll buy a new printing. Why not? If you support OSR games whatsoever and do not purchase the new printing of AD&D you are in fact full of shit and a cheap bastard. All the complaining over the years about WotC just sitting on the D&D IP and doing nothing...well, those arguments are long gone. Buy it and shut up.