It was right about this time, last year, that I was trying to talk to my Rep at WotC about playtesting DnD Next. And parsing every little tidbit out of Winter Fantasy about this new version of DnD.
My, Rep, being an awesome guy, had me hooked up within a few weeks and by March I was Alpha Testing DnD Next. It was good timing as I'd stepped back into gaming after a 3 year sabbatical.
This year, I'm waiting for tidbits about the Barbarian and hoping we'll actually see a version today for download.
While my opinion of the rules for DnD Next have drifted, I still find myself excited at each new development. Like a kid waiting for a new movie or toy.
Thank you for that, Wizards of the Coast. The older I get the less that happens.