As regular readers of this blog know, I’m a long time RPG player and have played every version of D&D since Basic in the 1980s. I was not a big fan of what Fourth Edition did with the game, along with what turned out to be the majority of the market, and have been playing Pathfinder for my D&D fix for the last 6 years.
I’ve been following the news of the upcoming Fifth Edition with interest. I read the free Basic rules and shared some initial impressions, but waited until the Player’s Handbook came out to really go into the rules in depth and see what I make of them.
So stand by – you’ll get a PHB readthrough and review (probably in several parts like the 4e one), a Hoard of the Dragon Queen review, and a comparison to all the previous versions of D&D! Will 5e get a passing grade, and will WotC do right by D&D’s deceased creators’ legacy? Stand by to find out!
Liking 5e so far. Far simpler yet still offers options and tactical depth. So much easier to run but unlike 4e it is not a board game!
Can run combats ala Theatre of the Mind or using minis. Have done both.
Getting used to the new terminology and not introducing pathfinder rules is sometimes tricky!
Looking forward to your thoughts. 🙂
Your analysis of D&D4 — although negative — was one of the most cogent and balanced around so I’m keen to see what you think of its successor.