Review: Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition

April 03, 2016

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D&D, My Favorite Fantasy Roleplaying Game

I began romping through fantastical worlds created in the Dungeons & Dragons universe before many of you actually existed in this one. I still have some of the original war-torn TSR (Tactical Studies Rules, Inc.) D&D books we used in the late 70s and early 80s. I have been a devout participant in the evolution of Gary Gygax’s original design through multiple versions and multiple publishers over the years. There was a brief fling with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game related to the release of D&D 4.0 but D&D 5E has won me back for good!

Why D&D 5th Edition?

In 2012, after about a year of less than rewarding roleplaying in the D&D 4.0 universe, my gaming groups began playing Paizo’s Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. D&D 5th Edition was released during the second half of 2014 but we stuck with Pathfinder, still gun-shy from our 4.0 experience. The popularity of D&D 5E in 2015 however, caused me to consider looking at it more closely. Finally in early 2016 I purchased the books and began reading them. I found that the system was basically what my endless list of house-rules had turned Pathfinder into. Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition is the closest any system has come to answering my desires and needs for a fantasy based roleplaying game. We love it!

[Note! I have written a separate article explaining the differences between D&D 5E and Pathfinder and why D&D 5E is a better fit for my preferred style of fantasy roleplaying. They are both excellent games in their own rights.]

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A Truly Balanced Roleplaying Game

I prefer immersive story-telling fantasy roleplay to heavy rule-based dice rolling roleplay. With decades of roleplaying a multitudinous sea of roleplaying systems, I can confidently state that D&D 5E has, for me; a perfect balance of straightforward rules, minimal dice rolling, and open opportunity for creative roleplay. I find that D&D 5E has just enough rule structure to keep the game moving forward without the constant need to rule check that you find in many other systems.

When you start with this smooth easy to teach rule system and add the following:

  • Incredibly high quality production value
  • A great and affordable introductory starter set (finally!)
  • One of the largest pools of players
  • Great brick-and-mortar store support

you have a great system that I highly recommend!

D&D is a fantasy-based roleplaying game. The core of D&D is storytelling. You and your friends tell a story together, guiding your heroes through quests for treasure, battles with deadly foes, daring rescues, courtly intrigue, and much more.

Categories: Roleplaying (RPG) | Number of Players: 2 - (3-7 optimal) | Age: 12+ | Playing Time: N/A
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