Thursday, July 10, 2014

Well...might as well jump on the 5e "talky thing"

Well, the plan was to get on here and try to do this blog three days a week, and we see how well that turned out.

Anyway, I want to add my own voice to the uproar of 5e.  I downloaded the rules the day they came out, I even went out with a friend to look for the Starter Set that was suppose to drop on the 3rd of July.  That venture yielded a few finds of 2E fun, and another copy of the Temple of Elemental Evil for a very good price, yet no Starter Set.

However, my friend and I did pour over the rules from the download.  Is it a complete system, hell no!  I know some blogger with many proponents and opponents have claimed that Mike Mearls was saying THIS would be it, comparing it to the RC or B/X.  Yet, it is my thought--and take this with a fifty pound bag of salt--Mike was talking about what this online document WILL BE once the hard copies of the books come out and the online rules updated as things go.

I have also gotten my hands on the Starter Set, and I like what they have in there  Is it as rules crunchy as 3/.5?  No.  There is a departure from 3/.5 and 4E crunchy crunchy stuff.  Which I like.  As for those who don't know, when it comes to D&D, I like the older versions.  2E is my wheelhouse.  Granted, there can be ALOT of crunch there as well.  One need only look at the amount of splat books for 2E that some consider "core" and you can drown in a sea of rules and fiddly bits.

Back to 5e.  I have my own gripes with it.  Small ones that I think can be fixed by houseruling and using older versions ideas instead of the current ones.  At least certain things.  Many of the rules I do like, at least the ones that are there.  The advantage/disadvantage is a very good and simple mechanic.

I am also looking forward to trying to start a 5e campaign of my own soon.  The gaming group has one game going on on Monday, a 3.5 Ravenloft game which I am really liking.  I am playing a sorcerer from Faerun.  There is more but I will write that up later.

The other game slot is Friday.  There are two possible games that will occur.  One is my friend's own creation of Dragon Age.  I will be playing an Apostate Elf, should be fun.  The other idea is for me to run a campaign with the 5e rules.  I will be using the adventure in the Starter Set, but I have already plumbed the interwebz for other resources and even borrowed something from the DCC to use in this game.  It should be an interesting.  And, I just found something from Gygax Magazine that I want to use as well.  I will keep you all posted on what happens.

I just hope I post a little bit more often.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Long time no writing...

I know, the need to write and work on this blog faded for some time.  I haven't stopped gaming, and still looking forward to 5E D&D dropping soon.  I will try and come back to this when I can.  I think the best thing to do is to do it three times a week.  Monday, Wed. and Friday.  Make sure I put down something those days.  And, since today is Wed, seems like a good place to start.

Tomorrow, I should be heading out to get the new Starter Kit that is dropping for 5E.  I am really looking forward to it.  I was part of the beta test, though that fell by the wayside with others wanting to try other games.  And I also grew a bit bored with it.  But, I am also thinking of trying to restart that game or at least attempt to get the group to try it again.

We shall see.