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Old 2016-02-09, 23:01   Link #1
AnimeFan188
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Dungeons & Dragons

Reviewed: Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition:

"No matter your edition or specific RPG of choice, today D&D continues
to be the measuring stick by which other pen-and-paper games are
judged, be it on sales, popularity, or even complexity. For many gamers
over the course of the game's existence, D&D has been the entry point
into role-playing which sparks a lifetime of storytelling and adventure.

So, with more than a year behind it, how does the newest edition of D&D
hold up for newbies and hardcore fans alike?"

See:

http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2016/0...s-5th-edition/

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So, is it worth spending money on this, or is the basic downloadable
free version good enough?

Or was one of the previous versions better?

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Old 2016-02-10, 02:50   Link #2
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5E is so-so, perhaps oversimplified for my taste. 4E is alright, you can get a lot of things done and the character builder allows a variety of characters to be inserted into any kind of story...but maybe 3.5E was better, iunno, the monsters in 4E feel rather cheap. It's better if you talk this over with your party, see which classes (and paragon paths/epic destinies) they would like to play, check with the DM in case he prefers a particular version and once you've decided, you can pick an edition to play in.

To answer the question, 5E is definitely the most newbie-friendly version of DnD, but old players will also have trouble adjusting to the new rules and core changes to the game's mechanics. In the end, it's still fun to play though.
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Old 2016-02-10, 15:31   Link #3
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D&D5 is beginner friendly and also the closest thing to old school editions like AD&D2. So Grognards are happy. I am french, so we get fucked in the ass by Hasbro who dont want to localize the game in non-english countries. So I have to get by with the free basic edition. However, one french website have also put and translated some of the stuff in official books on their site. In that age where many get a tablet or a smartphone, it became easier for players and gamemasters to glance through the rules and find what they needed.

I started the first real D&D game as dungeon master since 1999 with my old highschool party ( -1, the missing one died last year). We struggled a bit a little (our last D&D together was AD&D2), but we found our comfort zone and my friends liked this edition. I have played the other editions, as player, but D&D3 eventually exploded with modifiers inflation and D&D4 didn't feel quite D&D, especially for someone like me who played the older edition.
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Old 2016-02-10, 18:20   Link #4
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Have you looked into alternatives to D&D, namely Pathfinder?
A lot of players prefer Pathfinder to D&D since it makes a bit more sense and has a better rule system.
You can find the rule system here http://paizo.com/pathfinderRPG/prd/
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Old 2016-02-10, 22:33   Link #5
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Have you looked into alternatives to D&D, namely Pathfinder?
A lot of players prefer Pathfinder to D&D since it makes a bit more sense and has a better rule system.
You can find the rule system here http://paizo.com/pathfinderRPG/prd/
According to:

http://paizo.com/pathfinderRPG

Pathfinder is an evolution of the D&D 3.5 rules system. So both
Pathfinder and D&D-5E are branches of the same tree. I suppose it's a
matter of personal preference as to which branch is better.
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Old 2016-02-11, 04:12   Link #6
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Pathfinder have been an alternative for those who were disappointed by D&D4. In reaction to D&D4 distancing itself from D&D and AD&D, lots of "retroclones" were created in an attempt to recapture the old D&D feel, games like Mazes & Minotaurs, Castles & Crusades or OSRIC come in mind. Think about it, the Grognards realized that while 3.5 crumbled under its modifiers inflation and power creep, from new mage and cleric spells in each new splatbooks, making melee classes even more useless, its system was not as bad if you streamlined it to its bare minimum. And while AD&D1 & 2 rules hardly made sense at time (THAC0 was counterintuitive, the 18/%% STR stat for Fighter only being stupid, the wonky grappling rules and there is too many subsystems, the prime example being Rogue and its percentile rolls), the fluff in AD&D1 and 2 is AWESOME. One can take a look at the magical items chapter of the Dungeon Master Guide of AD&D2 and compare to the one in D&D4 that felt soulless, compared to the former. The retroclones have been an attempt to capture the best of both.

D&D5 have been an attempt to get back those that WOTC alienated. So while you can say that 3.5 and Pathfinder are of the same branch of the tree. 5e have taken bits of 3.5 while streamlining it (+5 maximum modifier in basic edition) and adding its own twist (gaining advantage dice if you roleplayed your character according to its principles and backstory, rolling 2 D20 and taking the best or the worst if you are at an advantage or disadvantage). If 5e have taken one thing from 4e, its the second wind mechanics that is now exclusive to the Fighter.

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Old 2016-02-16, 23:19   Link #7
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Wow 5th Edition sounds streamline and modern WITHOUT turning into the fiasco that was World of Warcraft D20... Uh I mean 4th Edition

In any case, would 5th Ed cinematic/suitable enough to run a "Sword Art Online" inspired campaign, or should I use the Fantasy Age / Dragon Age system?

4th Edition is practically an Online Game anyways, so that definitely qualifies.
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Old 2016-04-20, 22:10   Link #8
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Revisit the Very 1980s Moral Panic Over
Dungeons & Dragons; Twenty-sided dice are
corrupting our children:


"Today, it's franchises like Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty that have
parents, evangelical groups, and the media claiming that gory games
lead to real-world acts of violence. But, as a new Retro Report video from
the New York Times reminds us, things weren't much different in the
1970s and 80s. Back then it was the pen-and-paper role-playing game
Dungeons & Dragons that had moralists bemoaning the corruption of
young minds. Somehow, the fantasy game played with dice and figurines
set off a moral panic after religious groups and members of the media
accused the game of inspiring violent crimes."

See:

http://www.popularmechanics.com/cult...geons-dragons/
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