What is your favorite version of Dungeons and Dragons?
There is the old Basic D&D, the Advanced D&D, 2nd Edition AD&D, 3.0 D20 rules, 3.5 D20, 4th Edition or even Pathfinder's 3.75 ish version. Recently the beta for 5th Edition has been released and I was wondering where everyone's loyalties stood.
In regards to the table-tops I have only played 3.5 and 4.0 enough to give a good critique. I have played video games based off the older versions as well.
3.5 was published for nearly an entire decade before the rights had been bought out. Each book was dense with new classes, feats, spells, weapons, and armor. Also, when the charcters leveled up they select what improves. It allows for better customizable characters that can develop personalities from their statistics.
4.0 overall was way too streamlined. Each character, regardless of class, were capable of the same number of options in a battle. Normal attack, Once per Battle Attacks, and Once per Day attacks. When a character levels up in 4.0 everything will automatically increase. When it comes to the skills there were less than a dozen. Every two levels all skills, whether they were trained or now, increase equally. There is no customizing because what you have at first level will be nearly exactly the same in higher levels.
My vote is 3.5 because no two characters can be the same.
I suggest you check out the hubs based on pathfinder classes. You should be as happy as I to discover that Pathfinder simply improved upon 3.5 rather than trying to start a new system. They came out with the book of the damned the 3rd book of Fiends!
I have only played 3.5 and 4.0. I liked 3.5 much better, but then again I played a simple fighter and my ex-boyfriend just told me what to do. It just seemed like there was a better ability to customize your character and I liked that.
Now my friends all use the pathfinder system and seem to like that much better. I don't play anymore since that boyfriend broke up with me. My new boyfriend likes to DM but he makes things way to complicated so I'd rather just watch.
I have a wall of 3.5 books, including every official release for Forgotten Realms, Eberron, and Greyhawk in that edition. The customization and detail of that system makes it my favorite game. I am more of tactical simulationist than a Role-player. To me, the role-play is just an excuse for the next battle. 4th edition was too much of a deviation from my idea of what D&D should be. 5th edition has some nice ideas, what little I have seen (first playtest, only), but I do not intend on buying another wall of books... ever.
My first experience with Dungeons and Dragons was Baldur's Gate, so the Advanced and 2nd addition hold a special place in my heart.
My uncle doesn't like running anything that isn't Basic, so I've played that system a lot and find it enjoyable. It's 3rd Edition I could never get into.
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