No Gnomes? Who the hell told you that?
4th ed is different. Much much more of a team game, thus I seriously disagree with "Dungeons for toddlers". Without each player knowing their stuff and working together, you're gonna get creamed!
Spells are different too. As a long time 3.5ed Sorcerer, I didn't like it at first, but now I see it does work out in 4th ed too. The major difference is magic users are now much more balanced against other classes, so whereas previously you (the magic user) were always throwing out multiple damage dice and the fighters were still throwing a single die, well, now everyone is pretty equal.
What you do need to pay attention to is the new Striker/Defender/Controller/Leader definitions of classes. The reasons Wizards at first glance suck big time is that they are no longer Strikers (damage dealers). It isn't their job. If that fact doesn't work for you, play a Sorcerer!
But I most certainly DO agree with not spending loot on 4th ed, as on their website, THIS country is "Taiwan, Province of China". BASTARDS!!!!! And I have asked nicely 5 times for this to be changed, and always I have been ignored (fobbed off). So now I am seeding, seeding and seeding! Province THIS!
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