Hasbro announced that they’ll be bringing out a 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons only a few years after releasing 4ed. I don’t really have skin in this particular game — I don’t play fantasy settings, so I haven’t played in a D&D game since 1993 or so. However, I am aware of the absolutely insane response to the release of 4th edition — friends apparently not talking to each other, game groups breaking up over whether to play 3rd or 4th edition. It’s the sort of thing that makes we gamers look the nutbags we are portrayed as in media.

You don’t like one system? Don’t play it. You have players who want to play one edition or the other, compromise.

I will admit I was unimpressed wtih 4th edition (and more specifically the Star Wars Saga Edition.) I found the mechanics looked to be trying to emulate the RPG video games, rather than emphasizing role playing. But that’s my opinion; you may feel otherwise, and please do. Here’s the kicker: I don’t like 3rd Edition either…in fact, I think d20 is a terrible set of mechanics in general and its the reason I don’t do D&D oriented material here at Black Campbell — I don’t play it, so I have no opinion one way or the other. Additionally, there’s plenty of sites dealing with fantasy-based settings, so I target old, dead systems and settings that aren’t as typical for RPG blogs.

 

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