Tabletop Gallery – “Let Me Tell You of the Days of High Adventure”

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  • Aurion Shidhe

    I have played every edition of D&D since the 1980 Moldvay Basic set.

  • Jye Lambert

    Every edition from 2.5 AD&D – 5th Edition.

  • dave long island

    I played AD&D back in the late ’70s. I mean we played the heck outta that game. And I played some D&D 3.5.

  • Kabal1te

    They have AD&D, AD&D 2nd edition, D&D 3rd edition, they are missing 3.5, but they have 4th and 5th edition. I can honestly say I have played every edition since AD&D 2nd edition.

  • Started in 1988 with First edition. Played every edition since.

    • Matthew Pomeroy

      currently running D&D 2nd ed Dragonlance ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Aurion Shidhe

        Ohh…Dragonlance…what a great setting. Unfortunately, this is the one setting that has never taken off with my gaming group. I love the Weis & Hickman novels, though.

        • Matthew Pomeroy

          yeah its a shame they cant make more ๐Ÿ™

          • Aurion Shidhe

            So true. At this point one of my three wishes would be for NetflixAmazonHBO to buy the rights and make a proper Dragonlance mini-series.

          • Matthew Pomeroy

            Joe Manganiello keeps talking about wanting to do a live action and that would be cool IMO if done right

          • Aurion Shidhe

            It would be if done right. Dragonlance is what I call Romantic Fantasy, where much of the plot is driven by emotions between the main characters. It can descend into melodrama pretty easily if not handled right. If they downplay the emotional connections, especially the triangles (Tanis/Laurana/Kitiara and Raistlin/Caramon/Tika), then it loses what differentiates Dragonlance from standard high fantasy (i.e. Forgotten Realms).

  • Matt Sall

    I started with AD&D. Played 3rd and 3.5 for a long time. Played 4th for a minute, hated it. Playing 5th now and loving it.
    Also, I played FFG’s Dragonstar for a looooooong time, even though it was broken as heck lol

    • Matthew Pomeroy

      I actually loved running 4th (most players I talk to actually hate 4th) but really hate running 5th (though most players I have talked to love it)

      • Aurion Shidhe

        I’m with you, Matthew. I LOVE 4e. Unfortunately my players heard someone say it plays like a MMO and this sparked too much revulsion for them to give it a chance. We are playing, and enjoying, 5e but I really wish we could go back to 4e.

        • Matthew Pomeroy

          yeah, I think they used the terms to try to appeal to that crowd and ended up shooting themselves in the foot. I havent felt it mmo like at all (though NWO gives me some raised eyebrows) ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Matt Sall

        I’m willing to put money on the people who loved/hated 4th are broken up by which editions they played first.

        4th was super different from every other edition so far. It was super simple, easy to get into and easy to follow. I introduced a bunch of my friends to D&D through 4th and they all loved it.

        I figure if 4th was your first edition (which makes sense because it is so accessible) you probably love it. Otherwise, you fall into the “This isn’t like REAL Dungeons and Dragons!”.

        Still, my biggest gripe is lack of variation. In the group I mentioned before, we had two players make the exact same character by accident. Granted, there were fewer race and class choices. But it was still very disheartening.

        • Matthew Pomeroy

          my group was a mix really, some of us felt it was like older editions some didnt. our 2 oldest players (old 1st and earlier) liked it, our youngest (19 year old at the time) wanted to set it on fire ๐Ÿ™ I loved things like minions and it was very simple to get a good adventure built.

          • Aurion Shidhe

            It was so easy to run 4e, especially after running 3.5Pathfinder.

          • Matthew Pomeroy

            gawds yes it was. I miss having minions to mow through ๐Ÿ˜€

          • Aurion Shidhe

            Oh jeebus I love minions. I still use them in 5e. I just bump the standard creature’s AC by 2 and give it five HP. Then I let the player’s kill one for every five HP they do. If they should normally be facing 5 orcs I toss 20 at them. It feels very Conan or Death Dealer to the players. Instead of each and every minion hitting I group them into fours. Each additional minions in the group adds +1 to hit. A hit does normal damage +1 per additional creature. This lets them be dangerous in large numbers while not overwhelming the characters.

  • Tom Evans

    Missing the best one! Rules cyclopedia!

    • Aurion Shidhe

      I still have my copy. We’ve turned back to it occasionally over the years. It’s a good edition when you want to introduce a new player to role playing games.

  • euansmith

    T&T4Life, boi!!!!

    • Aurion Shidhe

      One of my dearest friends worked for Flying Buffalo and still owns one of the game stores that evolved from those old Tempe shops run by FB.

  • Evil Otto

    Started with 1st edition AD&D, and played every one… except 4th.

  • Luca Lacchini

    BECMI/Rules Cyclopedia, AD&D, AD&D 2nd, D&D 3rd.
    Found 4th not my taste. Actually not everyone’s taste in my gaming group.
    Went on to other rulesets, not currently interested in 5th edition (or various OSR retroclones).

  • Dennis J. Pechavar

    Started my journey with the glorious “Red Box” and never looked back. We did skip 4th as it wasn’t our cup of tea and didn’t switch to 5th as Pathfinder is better than 3.5 for the most part. I do want to run an old Advanced 2nd edition campaign but the party is having real life time issues. Darn you work and family commitments!

    • euansmith

      I’ve got a real soft spot for the purity of focus of Basic D&D with its limited classes.

      • Dennis J. Pechavar

        Having a party made up of Human cleric, human wizard, Elf and a Halfling was a great thing. I love the ton of options now a days but there was a def purity to the limited classes.

  • polyquaternium7

    AD&D through D&D 3.5 still playing 3.5, maybe I could convince the players 5th edition someday ๐Ÿ˜›