Hey, it's been known to happen
Anyway, back when I was running D&D 3.0 I ran into this really cool dark & gritty campaign setting called Scarred Lands. Since the official WotC campaign settings weren't doing it for me, I bought just about every book available to this campaign setting. Heck, when 3.5 came out and the campaign setting started dying, because about half the books were 3.0 and the rest were screwed up 3.5, I still kept on buying those books. Not because of the crunch: heavens no! The concepts, the ideas, the themes & moods were just so awesome!
Then I realized I was kicking a dead horse, which would only occasionally provide me with fun, if I was willing to go through a monstrous amount of work of actually fixing all the stupid mistakes that Sword & Sorcery Studios had put into the Scarred Lands books as far as crunch went. It didn't take me very long to realize that it was time to abandone D&D and move on to nWoD, which was just starting to come out
However, now I'm back to Scarred Lands: the setting that brought me back to D&D after a long vacation into various other RPGs during the 1990s.
I'm intrigued how easily I can pick and modify the monsters in the three Creature Collections I have? What about prestige classes in countless Scarred Lands books? Spells, magic items and artifacts from Relics & Rituals? Can I just pick up a magic item, glance at the 4e books, and go "Hm, this would probably work like that. Okay, implemented"?
How good is the streamlining across the board from 3.5?
I know, I'll get my gift set within the next couple of weeks, but I'm just curious.