Could Be Worse. Could Be Raining.

Alright, so after reading what the internet has to say this is how a lot of people seem to feel about 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons:




After reading through the rules here and there when I’ve had a chance this week this is how I feel about 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons:



I’ve seen some things that make me scratch my head, but nothing that makes me want to frantically email Amazon and cancel my pre-order. I’ve seen a lot of things that I really like, too. I like the advantage/disadvantage mechanic, and I like the backgrounds, along with the personality trait/ideal/bond/flaw character details that go with them (I don’t know how many of these I will use “right off the page,” but I like that there are lots of examples there as guidelines).  Anyway, I’m reserving my final judgement until after the dice have hit the table a few times, and I am still very much looking forward to playing my first game of 5th edition in a couple of weeks.

You stay classy, Internet, and enjoy your weekend.

5 thoughts on “Could Be Worse. Could Be Raining.

  1. I am considering 5e the “best possible compromise” edition. everything seems to work fairly well, but very little really excites me. Still, I have no objection to playing it and quite like my halfling cleric.

    1. ^ This. Since the edition is a compromise between thousands of people playing previous editions it’s just that. It’s not offensive to anyone but it’s not loved by anyone it seems. It looks like it may end up the vanilla ice cream of D&D, it’s a solid base but it’s only great when I load it up with a bunch of toppings.

      1. I think I prefer things this way. I don’t really want Wizards to make a radical departure from what’s came before, and judging by the backlash from 4E it doesn’t seem like other people really want that either. I feel like the core rules for Dungeons and Dragons should be vanilla, and that I should be allowed to add as many of whatever toppings I choose to them.

  2. We have a wealth of good rules sets these days, so it’s going to be hard for any D&D-esq game to knock our socks off.

    So I think the best compromise angle is probably the right way to go. It’s been a long time since D&D players have had a common ground and that’s what this might be able to provide. Time will tell, but I’m optimistic.

    And with things like finally getting .pdf editions of their old stuff combined with the free basic rules and inexpensive box set, WotC is certainly earning my goodwill. And that’s something that hasn’t happened in quite a while.

    1. I agree with the goodwill sentiment, but I also feel like Wizards didn’t have much of a choice with regards to making the core rules available for free. I mean, Paizo has over 500 free PDFs available for download on their site, including their core rules.

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