D&D Next has dropped!July 3, 2014
You can grab your own copy of the basic rules from Wizard of the Coast’s site for free. My first first first impressions: the layout and graphic design is very nice, the explanations of play (and guiding new players) is not bad, and they’ve done a good job at evoking the rich worlds of D&D.
But the pièce de résistance is right on page 1:
Disclaimer: Wizards of the Coast is not responsible for the consequences of splitting up the party, sticking appendages in the mouth of a leering green devil face, accepting a dinner invitation from bugbears, storming the feast hall of a hill giant steading, angering a dragon of any variety, or saying yes when the DM asks, “Are you really sure?”
SO. MUCH. WIN!
I haven’t read the rules yet, and I’ll know I’ll have have further thoughts on those. But after that disclaimer, they’ve got a mountain of goodwill from me.