Well, okay. Not exactly cursed.
But I accidentally discovered that our public library carries the 4th Edition D&D books. So I put them on hold to check them out. They also carry that “Dungeons and Dragons for Dummies” book, so I ordered that as well.
One thing in particular I want to look at is this “ritual” spell casting that I’ve seen mentioned. I plan to address the issue of 6th-level (and higher) spell casting in my Swords & Wizardry White Box game by making them all some sort of involved ritual. I’m not quite sure how I’m going to go about that, but I want to stick to the 10th-level limit for characters while still making some high-power magic potentially available. Maybe I can get some ideas from 4e spell casting rules. Or maybe not. We’ll see.
Other than that, it’s mostly curiosity that drove me to reserve the books. While it certainly seems that 4e is a far different game than the one I want to play, I’m sure that there are actually a fair number of worthwhile ideas in there. I’m certainly not going to purchase them, but it will be interesting to look them over.
I hope this doesn’t cost me any old school karma.