Rodney Thompson is one of the lead developers at Wizards and last week he posted on his blog (here) that he has read and heard a lot of criticism about the quality of the adventures that Wizards has published. Rodney has therefore asked for input, thoughts, and ideas from the game playing public as to what they think would make better adventures. As of Wednesday morning there are 39 responses in the comments section, some cogent, some in-depth, and some just weird.
Of course we are in the middle of the first 4E Adventure, Keep of the Shadowfell. With 20+ years of gaming experience under my belt I would have to say it is as good, certainly no worse, than any of the other dungeons we have played over the years. Exactly how believable is any of this stuff to begin with? It's fantasy, it's just supposed to be odd, quirky, and hopefully fun. And hopefully whoever is DM'ing is making whatever adventure we are involved in fun for everybody involved.
Still, there are a lot of players and DM's out there with different experiences and different viewpoints, and it always interesting to see the responses these type of open ended requests bring forth. I guess I were to comment I would say that I would like to see adventures maintain a certain level of old school feel to them. To that end Wizards already has a large library of 2.0, 3.0, and 3.5 adventures, so how about updating them to 4E and then selling them cheap, say $9.99 as a PDF. I realize Wizards is leery of the PDF marketplace, but it does keep the price down, and would preserve a bit of game history as the game moves forward.