Five days with Fifth Edition Dungeons & Dragons

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29 Sep 2014 02:00 #271627 by MattDP
by MattDP    
September 29, 2014    



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At age eight I was rummaging through a book stall at an agricultural fair, and I found a book that would change my life. It was “What is Dungeons & Dragons” and it stood out like a monstrous thumb among the worthy tomes on seed rotation. If I hadn’t bought it, it’s unlikely you’d be reading this column right now.

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11 May 2018 16:22 #273160 by quozl
Very cool! How old were they and have you continued playing?

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11 May 2018 16:55 #273166 by Shellhead
I still haven't gotten around to looking at 5th edition, partly because I am still somewhat burned out after wrapping up my 3.5 campaign a couple of years ago. And partly because I can't justify getting another edition right now. But everything that I have heard about 5th is great, especially for new players.

It's great that they re-published each of the previous major editions around the same time that 5th came out, because every major edition of D&D has some merits. AD&D (1st) had some really creative and interesting adventures. 2nd had a variety of interesting campaign settings. 3.0/3.5 was very crunchy if you like crunchy (I do) and had a very coherent structure to the massive rules set. I skipped 4th, but it appeared to be very action-oriented and featured nice miniature scale maps. 5th is apparently very smooth to run and great for new players, like the old red box Basic D&D of the early '80s. I didn't run red box Basic, but I was extremely impressed with the way the rules were organized.

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11 May 2018 17:23 #273168 by Michael Barnes
How timely that this shows back up- I just picked up this set for my kids- 8 and close to 7. Mom doesn’t know, but this is going to be the summer of D&D. I think they can handle it, and it’s funny you mentioned playing an in-game cleric- that is exactly what I was thinking about doing. I figure they need a Gandalf-like figure to prod them gently in the right direction.

I haven’t played 5th and haven’t really played since 3rd. It looks awesome, I really like what I am seeing. And it really shows how much the board games do resemble the system.

Very excited...I am probably going to get that Goodman Games B1/B2 reprint hardcover because it looks incredible. Hopefully we’ll be in the Borderlands by the time school starts back...
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11 May 2018 17:42 #273169 by Gary Sax
My wife bought this for herself for christmas, with the reasoning that none of boys who played in high school would play with her. She has never gotten around to wanting to run a campaign but I'm not pushing it. It will be fun if she decides to.

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11 May 2018 20:56 #273176 by san il defanso
I DMed the starter set with my group in Michigan. We had a great time with it.

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12 May 2018 09:18 #273183 by BaronDonut
We're going to the beach this summer with some friends and my buddy asked me, with great seriousness, if I would be willing to run D&D for him and his sons. This will be their first game. I almost choked up--this feels like godfather-level responsibility. I accepted with great solemnity and pride, and I am now designing dungeons full of fart monsters.
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12 May 2018 10:28 #273186 by Gary Sax
^oh so much sweeter than this bgg thing where you have this elaborate plan to "convert" your friends.
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25 Jun 2018 19:35 #276191 by boothwah
How did I miss this article when it hit? I did a similar D&D revival with the 5e starter with my then 16 and 20 year old daughters and her future husband. It was the best bonding time ever.

I really can't undersell that little $15.00 starter box - What an amazing value. Everything you need for 20+ hours of fun. We spent the better part of a year on bi-monthly gaming nights - probably 50+ hours of gaming and socializing.
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25 Jun 2018 19:57 #276193 by Black Barney

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25 Jun 2018 23:01 #276203 by boothwah
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