In no particular order:
TPK in a casual release game with casual players unattached to the characters, which wins us prizes and status as the (likely) first post-release 4e tpk in Winnipeg = awesome!!!
People have dissed Splug the goblin for trying to be Meepo (Sunless Citadel) for 4e. Well, for the short time we were with him, he was better! Not only did the PCs take to him as a slave quickly, he soon assisted in combat (hitting the enemy none of them were hitting, by swinging a bag of rocks), and then saved our Warlord’s life with a heal check to stabilise her. After this encounter, someone else took over DMing the game, and I joined in as Splug the goblin cleric, inspired to do more healing! So much fun!
We played 4e with a random pickup group for 18 hours, as level 1 characters. Never in that time period did the game stop being fun. That says something.
We played Keep on the Shadowfell for 18 hours, with 2 DMs, without either of us ever having read the adventure. The town RP was tricky, but not bad. But the game never slowed down because of this, especially in battles. The 4e game is just that easy to pick up and DM. I predict that 4e will see the return of the true D&D pickup game.
Level 1 has never been so interesting.
People have been complaining about things conceptually online a lot, but these complaints disappear once you’re in the game. Minions fucking rock, and make the battle that much more fun! The at-will/encounter/daily power split works perfectly. Clerics and Fighters are cool again! I would play either again by choice. Dragons! Oh, dragons are so much fun!
Not everything is explained perfectly in the books, causing a bit of confusion. These are minor, however, and just call for a quick ruling most of the time.
Paladins are… well, unimpressive. I mean, they’re alright and they do what they’re meant to, but I much prefer the battlefield control powers of the Fighter. This is a personal thing, though. I probably won’t play a Paladin any time soon, but someone in my group (or yours) might love it.
That about covers it for now. Caffieeeeeeennnne!!!!!!!!!!