So our gaming group realized that HERO’s combat system is fun for speedsters, unfun for anyone/everyone else. Adios, heroes. HELLO ELVES!
Having figured that out, we’ve started discussing 5th Edition D&D. (Need a 5th Edition Player’s Handbook? Of *COURSE* you do!)
You may remember the A+ #1 problem that people had with 4th Edition (now *I* didn’t have a problem with 4th Edition, I dug it, but others did): they felt like they were trying to make a tabletop version of World of Warcraft. You’d have a main attack that you used every time, you had a couple of special attacks that you could use once per encounter/fight, and you had a very special attack that you could only use once per (in-game) day. Personally, I kind of dug that sort of thing. The fights were colorful and fun and you really had to measure whether *THIS* fight was the fight that made you want to use your tactical nuke attack or if you wanted to hold back and make sure, just in case, you had it in your hip pocket for the potential baby dragon in the basement. Of course, the downside was that it took about 3 hits to kill a kobold so any given combat took somewhere around *FOREVER*. You were always tempted to bust out a once-per-fight move in the first turn just to speed stuff up a little.
Well, anyway, it looks like 5th Edition is taking us back to the stuff that 3rd Edition did well, the stuff that Pathfinder did well, and sprinkled in juuuust a teaspoon of what 4th Edition did well. Character creation appears to be simplified and more emphasis is on what kind of character you want to be (fighter, wizard, etc) and less on roll the dice, figure out the dump stat, hope you don’t end up with a bard. On top of that, combat/leveling seems to be fixed a bit. Once upon a time, a +2 sword was awesome until you started fighting creatures with +2 armor, at which point you might as well have been a level 0 fighting gnolls again. It’s more important that you get better than that your stuff does.
All that to say, that’s what we’re going to be doing on Saturday night.
So… what’s on your docket?