||[Jul. 16th, 2014|10:26 pm]
Okay, I'm falling hard for this one. Doesn't mean I'm going to spare it my usual antics, but it will be from a long lost friend and not getting the full broadsides I gave 4th.|
\\Switch to Zorg voice//
Voila! Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition. It's smooth, rules are adjustable for campaign customization, good for veterans and rookies. Comes in three separate books, and free pdf introduction. Ideal for fast, free form combat. A word on customization. Vancian wizardry, 300 spells with levels 1 to 9, and with the higher levels modification -another Fifth edition invention- it's even easier. One spell and modification scales up the damage without learning a new spell. And to finish the job, all the D&D oldies but goldies. Elf wizard, halfling rogue, with lightfoot or stout varieties, (very practical), our famous dwarf cleric, the always efficient gnome bard (my favorite), and for the grand finale, the all new dragonborn warlock!
//Zorg voice off//
They answered all my complaints about 4th. Which primarily was it's Fourth. Now it's like 4th never happened. 5th is effectively 2.5. It has all the simplicity of 2nd and the variety of 3rd. Gone is the skill system that quickly made difficult tasks routine. No more once per days, no more video game feeling. The diversity is back and it's wonderful. Instead of class/race it's now class/background/race. Backgrounds give you starting skills which means all my complaints about cross class are gone as well. Charismatic fighters, intimidating wizards, pious thieves, athletic clerics, they are all possible. Elves MkII are gone and Gnomes have returned to their rightful place. It's like you can hear the polka bands warming up. The skill system is like Dragon Age now, if you have a skill in something you get a flat +X to your roll. No leveling up. As you level up your skill increases. Once you learn something you automatically improve it. Job skills are slightly different as you gain proficiency with tools, so you know how to use a carpenters set instead of just having a carpenter's skill.
Will review more once I have more to review.