Dungeons & Dragons Edition Wars: Why?
I’ve been sitting here reading through various blogs, forums, tweets about why people hate D&D version (X). Twitter yesterday even had folks espousing their hatred of 5th edition and it hasn’t even come out yet. I’ve read why folks hate and love every edition of D&D.
I understand that 4e “emphasizes battle over role play” and that seems to be why folks both love and hate it. My Sunday afternoon gaming group is currently running AD&D and we happen to love playing with those rules.
I will admit to being the type of person of dislikes change for change’s sake. I don’t upgrade my software if the current version works fine. I’ve had the same cell-phone for 3 years. I’ll drive my car until it doesn’t run anymore. However I doubt that’s the reason for all the love/hate written up on the net.
I played D&D and AD&D in high school and gave it up due to the “Devil’s Game” scare of the mid 80’s. It was a move designed to make Mom and Dad happy. It wasn’t much of a sacrifice as I preferred Car Wars and James Bond. I lost interest in RPGs during my college years. I missed 3e completely.
My resurgence in interest of RPG came about because my kids were finally old enough to find the hobby on their own. We’ve played 4e and aside from the interminable time in takes to resolve combat, we didn’t have any problems with it. I even bought the core books at World D&D day.
My question to you is what is your favorite edition of D&D and why? If you dislike a version, why?