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I'm still dreaming of getting this to good article somehow, and the release portion of the article seems too dull in presentation. Maybe we could figure out specific changes for all the different rules to explain? I only own copies of the Mentzer D&D sets, the 2nd Edition books, and the 3rd edition books. An explanation of the progression and changes could be good, but I'd need some help to fill in the rest of the details from other sets. Comments? —Torchiesttalkedits 03:44, 1 October 2012 (UTC)
It would help (a whole lot!) if we could find some sources for that sort of info. BOZ (talk) 04:06, 1 October 2012 (UTC)
Well, I think we can source directly to the game books for that stuff. An example of what I mean is the infravision thing I just added. That skill was renamed to darkvision in later editions. There's got to be some other stuff like that we could add that wouldn't be as detailed as "well they used to get a -2 AC bonus against giants but now they get a +4 attack modifier", but along those lines. —Torchiesttalkedits 04:29, 1 October 2012 (UTC)
Oh right, I see what you mean. Really basic stuff, like the vision abilities, but nothing like bare game stats. BOZ (talk) 12:07, 1 October 2012 (UTC)
I'll be glad to take this review, though I always leaned toward playing humans or half-orcs myself. I'll start with a close readthrough of the article, noting here any initial issues that I can't immediately fix myself, followed by the criteria checklist. -- Khazar2 (talk) 14:09, 23 January 2013 (UTC)
" portrayed dwarves as "beardless and even attractive"." --should this be "female dwarves"? Or are all dwarves beardless in 4th edition?
"orcs, goblins, gnolls, bugbears and trolls." -- should these be linked?
"Dwarves get along fine with gnomes, who are often regarded as close cousins of the dwarven race ... " This isn't a sticking point for this GA review (since it's noncontroversial, and I also happen to know it's correct), but it would be nice to add a citation to this paragraph if possible. Almost any edition of the Player's Handbook should mention this, right?
On first pass, this looks strong to me; well-sourced, clear in prose, and giving a sufficient overview of the topic. Also, I finally know why dwarves are always portrayed as having Scottish accents, which I was actually asking a friend about just a few months ago. Since the action points above are so small, I'll go straight to the checklist and see what's left.
Thanks so much for the review! I've fixed everything except that last item above. I too thought it would be easy to source, but I didn't see anything in my 2E or 3E PHB. I'll have to check again. —Torchiesttalkedits 14:42, 23 January 2013 (UTC)
Well, like I said, it's not controversial enough to fall under criterion 2b, so don't sweat it for this review. It surprises me that that's not readily available--I feel like I've read it a million times-- but I also couldn't say what book it was in. -- Khazar2 (talk) 14:46, 23 January 2013 (UTC)
Haha, yeah, same here. I double checked the third edition, and most of the info was there. I found more details in the 2E Monstrous Manual, so it's good. Thanks again for the review! —Torchiesttalkedits 14:58, 23 January 2013 (UTC)