• @Hrothgar59
    link
    124 months ago

    That would be anything produced after 3.5. The brand has been going down for a long time. That’s not to say there is nothing good in the current 5e, just for me it seems like it lost its soul with corporate oversight.

    • @chemical_cutthroat
      link
      214 months ago

      I moved to Pathfinder 2e and I couldn’t be happier. The only issue I have is that one of my players is Mercer-coded (is that a thing?) and really hates any time a skill, class, or spell isn’t a 1:1 copy of DnD. He recently grabbed Bane as part of a feat for his barbarian and learned it isn’t the same as DnD Bane and had a meltdown.

        • @chemical_cutthroat
          link
          104 months ago

          We’re all close friends outside of the game and we are all used to each other’s quirks. It’s a pain sometimes, but he does genuinely enjoy the game, though. He’d only played 2 campaigns of DnD before-hand (Strahd and Frostmaiden), but has listened to every episode of Critcal Role. I decided to homebrew a full 1-20 campaign for the group as an introduction to Pathfinder so we could all (GM included) get a taste for it across the entire span of character growth, and it’s been a learning experience for us all.

        • Fushuan [he/him]
          link
          fedilink
          24 months ago

          I don’t understand why being mercer-coded would make them hate anything not dnd, mercer plays various systems when his friends do oneshots, and knows several systems.

          He seems like an asshole though.

      • @[email protected]
        link
        fedilink
        34 months ago

        Mercer as in a merchant of textiles? I guess that’s wrong but it would be hilarious if textile merchants are famous for that behaviour :D

    • Xariphon
      link
      fedilink
      34 months ago

      4e was D&D for people who would rather be playing WoW.

      5e is a watered-down anemic shadow of 3.5.

      • FaceDeer
        link
        fedilink
        74 months ago

        That’s a common way of putting down 4e, but it’s not so. I have no interest whatsoever in WoW but I really liked 4e. 4e’s approach was to build a very consistent and rigorously-defined framework for the game, and then build its various elements (classes, monsters, abilities, etc.) strictly within that framework. I think it actually hit a very nice sweet spot; the framework was sufficiently flexible that a huge amount of interesting and distinctive content could be made, but it was also well-defined enough and simple enough to understand and apply that everything “just worked.” You could play as a fighter for a whole bunch of levels and then pick up a completely different character sheet for a wizard and you’d find that most of the mechanics worked the same. Combat was very positional, with lots of abilities that allowed you to set other players up for success, which encouraged teamwork and player interaction.

        It annoys me greatly that WotC tried to set the system up to be dependent on their online tools, failed, and then tore the tools down to leave the wreckage largely unplayable. I can still play a 3.5e campaign just as easily as I did back in the day but it’d be rather hard to play 4e as easily even though I still have the books. The best tools were WotC-owned and they don’t allow third parties to fill the void they left when they decided to transition to 5e - presumably to avoid another Pathfinder situation.

      • @seejur
        link
        54 months ago

        I actually quite like the 5th edition, since it simplifies some of the most convoluted/boring areas of the 3rd edition.

        Also coming after the 4th edition might have helped quite a bit in the perception

        • Xariphon
          link
          fedilink
          14 months ago

          You say simplified, I say dumbed down.

          But yeah 4e didn’t say an especially high bar.