During the month of August, I’m participating in RPG a Day 2017. Each day I’ll answer a question, or my interpretation of a question, about tabletop roleplaying games. For those who have wanted your beloved UncleBear to get back into RPG blogging, this is the closest you’re going to get.
Which RPG Do You Enjoy Using As-Is?
Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition is solid for a pick-up-and-play game. After playing and running some iteration of 3.x for 15 years I still feel a bit coltish with the rules, though. They’re close enough to what I’m familiar with to give me a comfort level, but different enough to throw me off sometimes. Truth be told, when something comes up that I don’t know how to handle, I just fake it. The rules make that easier enough to do with saving throws and attribute checks.
I don’t know if I would enjoy it as much if I hadn’t been in the hobby since 1st edition. That comes down to being able to fake it. When I was in high school I practically memorized the three Advanced Dungeons & Dragons hardcovers. Over the years the 3rd edition / 3.5 / Pathfinder rules got locked into my head. Right now I just don’t have the time to get that intensive and immersive with the 5th edition rules. I fall back on what I know D&D is supposed to feel like and how the core mechanic works, and any faking that I do as gamemaster is based on that.
My group wants an authentic D&D experience. For me, it’s a nostalgia trip. I get some create fulfillment working within the boundaries of the system and the setting, but as I’ve said in previous posts in this series this wouldn’t have been the system I picked to run a game. In addition to my own system, there are other things that I want to try out. No regrets, though, because my group and I are having fun.