Earlier today Monte Cook, Mike Mearls, and Jeremy Crawford hosted the first of a series of live chat events discussing various aspects of D&D Next. You can find a paraphrased transcript at En World.

I will refrain from commenting as there are more than enough posts out there already, attempting to reinterpret and read between the lines.

Upcoming Event:

Class Design: From Assassins to Wizards

Tomorrow (Friday, January 27, 2012 from 12:30 to 2:00 PM EST)

Designers Monte Cook, Bruce Cordell, and Robert Schwalb discuss their approach to class design, including the difficulties in creating iconic versions of the classes that speak to players of all editions. Should the cleric be more martial or more healer? Does the default ranger have an animal companion? What level of complexity should the fighter have? Seminar to be followed by a Q&A session.