[D&D] Your favorite edition?

1 month ago (edited)

Hey you D&D folks out there. Let's throw a brick in that pond to start with: What's your favorite edition of D&D? :D

1 month ago (edited)

Personally I played a lot at the 3.5e during university now I am 40 years old I can no longer find people to play with but I have all the 5e manuals and I have to say that I would love to try playing it. Since I can't find anyone, your project seems the closest thing since the announced BG3 seems to be another D&D game in name only and not in fact. When I saw your video with climbing and flying characters I was really amazed by what you are developing so ... come on guys finally someone who understands what a real computer RPG is. I understand very well that not everything can be equal transport and that certain things are impossible without a DM in the flesh, but completely distorting the heart of the rules already makes you lose half of the fans of the genre.

1 month ago

If you're having trouble finding players, did you already try Fantasy Grounds and / or Roll20? Especially if you're in US time zones it shouldn't be too hard to find a group (quality of the group will be highly random though).

1 month ago

I'm from Italy ... and i'm over 40 :D Too difficult to find here player. I rely on you guys. As a developer I know how difficult your project is, but if you are a true fan as I read I am sure you will succeed and a great product will come out. I saw him do it with P: KM so I trust people who have passion and don't just use a brand to try to sell their product.

1 month ago

As I stated in our communication, I have been playing D&D for 30 years (so I missed 10 years of early D&D / AD&D). I have playing quite some AD&D 1st edition, a lot of 2nd edition, and a bit of 3rd edition. The rules seemed too complex to me at that stage, though I understand lots of people have come to love this edition, and I acknowledge it had many merits, such as standardizing / balancing the rules. 

I have played a bit of 4th edition, which I found interesting (I love understatements) at first, but did not do the trick for me. Some elements such as short rests and at will powers made their way into 5th for the best. 

I personnally think 5th edition is my favorite one, as it is perfect mix of simplicity and depth. The game rules have been streamlined, but the subclass system allows variety and custmization. Some simple ticks like advantage / disadvantage are simply spot into adding strategy and tension in combats. Also, it almost feels like this edition was meant to be computerized. When I started developing the prototype of this game, it felt all the pieces of code were coming together easily.

Anyway I have played several of the campaigns of 5th edition, lots of fun with 40+ friends (well, closer to 50!). The only problem I see is that characters become uberpowered after level 7-8. Very hard to GM at this stage, and the characters tend to be glass canons: very resilient to standard monsters, going down quickly once a monster attacks twice at +12.

1 month ago

Actually having a real GM in this case is very different from a computer. In the case of "unlucky dice" the real GM can always manage the shot and rebalance the fight. I have never tried the 5e, but since 3.5e after level 8/9 the characters become really powerful and the fights are difficult to balance. High-level monsters often have abilities or powers that can decide a fight against a failed save or a critical hit in an attack. In a video game converting this must be very difficult, in my opinion at high levels it would be necessary to have clashes with many enemies of "low rank" to feel the satisfaction of having powerful characters, but also lethal clashes where the character feels that he can still grow but for doing so must "survive" in order to move forward. In the latter case, if things go wrong, the group should always be allowed to escape, at a price of course, to regain strength and perhaps think of a different tactic with different weapons or different spells.

1 month ago

I got into RPGs/D&D somewhat late in my life, in grad school in the mid-90s. Was into boardgames and wargames previously. So at that time D&D was just transitioning from 2e to 3e. As a result, 3.5e is my edition, the one for which I have a LOT of the books.

I'm also a HUGE fan of the Forgotten Realms setting, and have most of the FR novels.

1 month ago

I played 2nd edtion most. but we also tried 1st editon. Sadly life came in and no more role playing time for me. but i have the old 2nd edtion withe the pladin. Stil rember my best caracter a mage/fighter/thif half elf. neutral evil.


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1 month ago

I'm also a HUGE fan of the Forgotten Realms setting, and have most of the FR novels.

Oh man I'm a huge Forgotten Realms nerd too, I love the setting. I haven't read that many novels (Drizz't, War of the Spider Queen and the books about the priest and the weird dwarven druid Pikel), but boy have I read pages and pages of settings in the different manuals.

1 month ago

I stopped playing about 5 years ago... after being fairly active for almost 25 years. The last edition I really sunk my teeth into was Pathfinder (aka 3.75e), though my group took a stab at 4e which was just not too fun.

1 month ago

I began playing a long time ago (over 30 years) and my fondest memories are of 2d and 5th edition. 

I enjoyed 2d edition tremendously and had (and still have, thanks to careful packing) many many books, played some 3d and 3.5 too, but skipped the entire 4th edition. 

My favorite setting was by far the Forgotten Realms and I have read - in French and later in english - many of the novels set in the Realms, some very good (Love Elaine Cunningham, Troy Denning, Paul S. Kemp, Richard Baker and R.A. Salvatore) some not so good (not naming anybody here ;-)) 

I have played 5th edition with friends regularly and must admit I had a blast with each session and I am looking for it each and every year... I like the streamlining of the rules which means you can even have absolute beginners ready for a play session quite fast. 

As for Computer games in the DD universe, well I played the old Pool of Radiance series, the Krynn series and, of course, Baldur's Gate I, II and Neverwinter Nights. More recently, gave a shot at Sword Coast Legends (was not 5th edition, just a game in the forgotten realms) and Tales of Candlekeep :Tomb of Annihilation.

Favorite edition: I admit my heart is torn but I have come to really appreciate the 5th edition, so well, let's vote for that one!  

4 weeks ago

Here in Italy it is really difficult to find books on D&D translated in general and when they are translated they are often really badly translated. The ones I managed to find and read are those of R. A. Salvatore and I came almost to "The Sundering".
Instead I read the whole Shannara saga. Apparently Terry Brooks is the most popular in Italy and I must say that I've always liked how he writes ... and how his books are translated. For the D&D version I always stay at 3.5e and the last one I played with. When you finish Solasta and I can try the 5e maybe I could change my mind: D

4 weeks ago

Here in Italy it is really difficult to find books on D&D translated in general and when they are translated they are often really badly translated. The ones I managed to find and read are those of R. A. Salvatore and I came almost to "The Sundering".
Instead I read the whole Shannara saga. Apparently Terry Brooks is the most popular in Italy and I must say that I've always liked how he writes ... and how his books are translated. For the D&D version I always stay at 3.5e and the last one I played with. When you finish Solasta and I can try the 5e maybe I could change my mind: D

Hey Mauro,

you didn't manage to read the first book of the Sundering in italian (from Salvatore), there is this one thing which I found quite weird: 

he had a halfling master thief / assassin called Topolino, which is, if memory serve, the italian translation of Mickey Mouse. Does it also sound weird to you as an italian ? 

I can understand your frustration with finding translated books, actually DD was one of the reasons I began to read in english, not enough translation on the market to satisfy my thirst of new adventures. 




3 weeks ago

My favorite edition is 3.5, but I have been in a campaign on Fantasy Grounds for a few years now that's running 5E.

5E is alright if you have a talented DM, if not, it can quickly become just a list of battles.

Of course, this is just my opinion.