Tagged: DnD 5e

Why D&D 5e is Not for Me

Why D&D 5e is Not for Me

I received an email asking me why I was continuing to run TSR editions and retroclones instead of just using 5e. Since the D&D 5e Player’s Handbook was released last summer, I’ve had the occasional request to review 5e. Although I have the three core books and have read them, I’ve refrained from...

D&D’s 40th Anniversary Has Been A Busy One

D&D’s 40th Anniversary Has Been A Busy One

2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the iconic roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons, and thus far it’s been far more than a note on the calendar. Often, a major milestone for an entertainment product will be marked simply by a commemorative badge on covers or new editions in stores. But with the 40th...

Made my Saving Roll. I’m Not Dead Yet!

Made my Saving Roll. I’m Not Dead Yet!

No, I did not die with my mother-in-law back in April. However, my life has undergone some huge upheavals. We spend six weeks in a remodel of my late mother-in-law’s house so it could be sold to decide we’d rather live here and sell the house in Waco. So we spent a month...

WOTC Discovers Typical D&D Players Like Short Combats

WOTC Discovers Typical D&D Players Like Short Combats

Amazing Stories has an interview with Mike Mearls talking about D&D Next. From one of Mike’s comments it seems that WOTC has finally learned what many players have know for years: Most players like fast combats. In the interview, Mike says: What we found through the playtest process, though, was that people like...

D&D 5e/Next: One Year On

D&D 5e/Next: One Year On

It’s been about a year since WOTC announced that they were working on 5e (aka D&D Next). D&D Next Originally promised as some type of modular system when everyone could play the edition/types of D&D they wanted. I was skeptic then (see D&D 5th Edition Announced, What Will It Take to Get Old...

D&D Next: My Interest in 5e Takes Another Giant Decline

D&D Next: My Interest in 5e Takes Another Giant Decline

There’s a new Legends and Lore column out. I don’t normally read this, but someone posted about this one on theRPGsite. So i went out and read it. I wish I had not as it makes it yet more clear that the longer the 5e play test goes on, the less 5e is...

Why Not Wait for D&D Next?

Why Not Wait for D&D Next?

Why not focus on D&D Next instead of Microlite74? I’ve been asked this question several times over the last couple of months. I have an answer that satisfies me, although it does not seem to satisfy those who have asked the question. I was initially somewhat hopeful about D&D Next, despite the name....

It’s not an “I Win” Button, It’s a “We Win” Button

It’s not an “I Win” Button, It’s a “We Win” Button

I notice a lot of people who do not like the fact that casters have spells that can end a combat encounter (or other encounter that matter) call these spells “I win” buttons/spells/etc. For example this statement from a thread on RPGnet: A lot of fans of 4e lament the Vancian Wizard’s access...

Teamwork and Tactics Baked in to the System — Why?

Teamwork and Tactics Baked in to the System — Why?

In a post on RPGnet in a thread he started entitled D&D Next – Making 4th Edition players consider 5th Edition, neonchameleon says the following about an aspect of 4e he thinks 5e/Next lacks (and needs): Teamwork and Tactics baked in to the system In 4e the team is stronger than the group...