There was a WTF with everyone I mentioned it to that there was no TSR-style castle for D&D at Gencon, and yet there were many books around and certainly people were playing it. Needless to say, people are playing it outside of gencon a great deal. There’s going to be a point soon where people stop calling it 5E, and just call it D&D.
We’ve stayed away from the march of the splat books, the new character classes, new spells, all that stuff. It’s thrown some people for a loop. But what we’ve seen is a very strong response to the game overall. People seem happy with it. That’s always good.
That said, read this and you can see the tactical decision not to be there. I still question it, but it makes sense.