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5E 5E has brought this old gmaer back to D&D after 8 years!

Mavkatzer

Villager
Hello ENWorld!
I'm an older gamer brought back to the D&D family by the awesomeness that is 5E!
I started RPGing back with 1E and Lone Wolf books (yes, they count!) I then played the heck out of 2E for a decade, and then 3E for a chunk of a decade, until the math started to bring me down. In my quest to simplify and bring back that old school feel, I tried to make rules lite and math lite homebrew systems for 8 years. My attempts were bad.. and broken.... But now 5E is here and has brought with it that streamlined math with an old school feel that I was after!
Is anyone else here an old D&D gamer, brought back into the family because of the awesomeness of 5E?
Or does anyine else just want to be happy with me that D&D brings people like me back?
 

aramis erak

Explorer
Hello ENWorld!
Hello, Mavkatzer!

Hello ENWorld!
I'm an older gamer brought back to the D&D family by the awesomeness that is 5E!
Older is such a relative term...

Is anyone else here an old D&D gamer, brought back into the family because of the awesomeness of 5E?
Or does anyine else just want to be happy with me that D&D brings people like me back?

I started with a mix of AD&D and Moldvay's red Basic Set, which was brand new to the market, tho' I'd seen a copy of Holmes' Basic Set a year prior. I've done a bit of many editions; I was unimpressed with 4E, and 3.5 was not fixing what I disliked of 3.0, while not fixing what I felt was needed.

My other fantasy favorites include WFRP 1E, The Fantasy Trip, Tunnels and Trolls, Burning Wheel, and Arrowflight.

5E is excellent - fast, light, flexible. Enough structure to help players build quickly, enough flexibility to not be a straightjacket. Not quite as "pick-up and go" as T&T or WFRP 1E, but almost, and with "Fifth Edition Character Sheet" by Walter Kammerer, I can get a new player up and playing in 10 minutes... or less.

Just to be clear - my longest break without a game was under 3 months... Basic Training.
 
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Anth

Villager
I think that EN World has a good spread, from people started playing in the seventies to people started playing yesterday.

If you liked Lone Wolf I recommend the multiplayer game
http://www.amazon.com/Lone-Wolf-Multiplayer-Game-Book/dp/190721836X

Me, I started with ADnD in the eigthies, sldo dabbling in a lot of other games like RQ, CoC, Rolemaster and GURPS.
But I continued with DnD when ADnD2 and DnD3 released.
I skipped DnD4 (not my cup of tea), instead jumped the OSR-wagon with games like OSRIC, Swords & Wizardry, Labyrinth Lord, Deliving Deeper and Lamentations of the Flame Princess (LotFP).

I was very sceptic when WotC announced DnD5 and they said it was for players of all older editions. But I really like what I see and am currently working with my 5E-houserules to get the Old Scool-feel that I like.

My fellow player in my LotFP-group are still sceptic towards 5E, but I try to convince them to at least try it out once
 

steeldragons

Steeliest of the dragons
Welcome back to the table! :D

Introduced (with Holmes) and fell in love/got my own as Mentzer's red box Basic was hitting the shelves here too and 5e is the first [published] D&D I've seen in over a decade (other than tinkering and re-tinkering my own homebrew: campaign setting and game system) that has interested/really gotten me excited in that creative "let's play some D&D!" way at all.

And welcome to EN World. We are a diverse (and often strongly opined) bunch, as [MENTION=9636]Anth[/MENTION] said, with a broad swathe of experiences. But [normally] do not bite. ;)

Have some start up XP.
--Steel Dragons
 

Sacrosanct

Slayer of Keraptis
I'll see your 8 years and raise you 12, for a total of 20 :) The last D&D product I bought was in the 90s. Started in 1981 and played the :):):):) out of D&D all the way up to...well...now I guess. Just that after I got my hybrid of 1e with some 2e rules, that's where I kept playing. 3e and the numbers bloat didn't seem that appealing (and all the discussions that popped up re: optimize your PC or you're harming your party REALLY turned me off of it), and 4e didn't feel anything like D&D to me except name only.

But 5e feels to me as a natural progression after AD&D. I'm really enjoying it, and the most important thing is that it allows me to play the style of D&D I want. Really, the entire design team deserves credit for this one.
 

Bupp

Villager
I'm a returning lapsed gamer as well. Red Box, 1e and 2e for many years. A series of moves kept me from playing for a long time. Bought 3e and 4e, but they didn't really appeal to me. I was working on a heartbreaker when I found the playtest rules and dove right in. Loving every minute of 5e play.
 

Talmek

Villager
Welcome back!

I can't say I've been away for any amount of time since I started with 3e and have been following the hobby through it's ups and downs, but I can definitely relate to your happiness with 5th!

3e/3.5 was my first real jaunt into tabletop RPGs and while I cut my teeth on it I can't say that's the most enjoyable out of all of the games that I have played. I've actually played more 4e than anything else but that was more from a lack of alternatives than actual preference. But now the more I read of 5th the more hope I have for the eventual revitalization of the hobby as a whole. Simply the amount of play testing that went on for this edition and the idea that the game's creators were willing to truly listen to and incorporate the feedback provided by the players is a testament to the label being in the right hands. Hopefully they will continue to follow that model for years to come.

But I digress - again, welcome back and know that you're not alone in your enjoyment of the new (old? who cares!) D&D.
 

Nebulous

Explorer
I started in 1e, but does it count for the all the original Rose Estes Endless Quests as my truly first introduction to D&D? God i loved those.
 

CrusaderX

Villager
I started in 1e, but does it count for the all the original Rose Estes Endless Quests as my truly first introduction to D&D? God i loved those.
I really loved the art in those early Endless Quest books. Return to Brookmere, which features art by comic artist Timothy Truman, has THE definitive version of the Gnoll that has never been matched since, IMO.

Oh, and Welcome, Mavkatzer! :cool:
 

dwayne

Explorer
I also started around 1981 ish parents got me the blue box set and it just went on from there been through 1st 2nd option and 3rd 3.5 and 4th (which never liked) and now back to 5th. Its been a long strange trip but glad they brought it back home.
 

fjw70

Explorer
Welcome back. I played in the 80s and then started up again shortly after you left. After a little BX I got the not 4th and loved it.

That said I am really enjoying 5e as well.
 

chibi graz'zt

Registered User
Hello ENWorld!
I'm an older gamer brought back to the D&D family by the awesomeness that is 5E!
I started RPGing back with 1E and Lone Wolf books (yes, they count!) I then played the heck out of 2E for a decade, and then 3E for a chunk of a decade, until the math started to bring me down. In my quest to simplify and bring back that old school feel, I tried to make rules lite and math lite homebrew systems for 8 years. My attempts were bad.. and broken.... But now 5E is here and has brought with it that streamlined math with an old school feel that I was after!
Is anyone else here an old D&D gamer, brought back into the family because of the awesomeness of 5E?
Or does anyine else just want to be happy with me that D&D brings people like me back?
Welcome back. Your story is very similar to mine, and your reasons are also close to mine. Awesome that you are back to D&D, like you, many of us have 'returned' after several editions to the game we loved.

This is an awesome, friendly, supportive community, and there are tons of materials here in the 'Resources/downloads' menu for 5th edition. This is a great time to be a D&D player!!
 

Dragonhelm

Knight of Solamnia
I started out in 2e, then did 3e and 4e. I loved the feel of 2e, but not necessarily the mechanics. 3e and 4e had too much math, and the game was really beginning to feel like a board game to me with 4e. I dabbled a bit into Castles & Crusades, but found I was adding rules that I felt were "missing" (such as skills!). I thought I was going to settle on Pathfinder for a bit, which felt overwhelming to me with all the mechanics.

I eventually went to play some 13th Age, and I really like it. Very story-driven. It's familiar, but fresh and different. I maintain that the 13th Age bard is the best version I've seen.

Then D&D 5e came out, and I was hooked. It felt like an old friend that I hadn't seen in a while, or like a comfortable blanket I could curl up in. I really got the 2e vibe from it, and greatly enjoyed seeing some old details that had been missing for a while (like the description of how to point the hands on a burning hands spell). Yet it included the good things about d20 without going overboard. I really like the backgrounds, proficiency bonuses, races, classes (with subclasses)....well, I pretty much like it all. It feels simple, yet elegant.

Quite simply put, this is the edition I have waited a lifetime for. I'm having a blast with it and hope to play it more soon.
 

catenwolde

Villager
About a dozen years for me! I started in the 70's with the Holmes "Blue Book" and then played a mish-mash of Mentzer B/X and AD&D1e, and eventually played a lot of 2e as well. 3e seemed ok, but didn't hold my interest after low levels, and although I ventured off into C&C and various clones, and even games like Barbarians of Lemuria, nothing really hooked me back in after that. The 5e starter box and the free Basic D&D reeled me back in, and the new trinity of core books has me really looking forward to campaigning again. I'm currently trying to merge and update the Keep on the Borderlands with the Caverns of Thracia ...
 

Mephistopheles

Villager
Yes to both of the questions in the original post.

Started with BECMI in the 80s, then 1E and 2E in the 90s, 3E 2000-2005 (finished when our 4 year campaign hit the low teens and it started to feel like mechanics were getting in the way of the game too often), after a few years off gave 4E a short run in the late 00s (only lasted about a year before we gave up on it, in large part due to similar mechanics issues as 3E but from the outset), and now here we are with 5E.

Reading the 5E books has me excited about playing in a way I don't recall feeling since my first read through of the 3E books: group is assembled, campaign preparation is underway, kick off is planned for next month.

We may be on the way to being old timers, but it feels like old times.
 

Zak S

Guest
I wasn't brought back to D&D by 5e (I was playing older versions all along) but I was brought back to using the version of D&D owned by WOTC by 5e.
 

Umbrathys

Explorer
Old School :)

Welcome!
I started in 79 (yep, I'm officially an ANCIENT :) and started Dm'ing in 81. I have played / DM'd every version of d&d (loving each one for their own strengths), but especially loved 2e. Played this version till the pages were falling out of the books :) I also played lots and lots of 3.5 / Pathfinder until the complexity of carrying a thousand pounds of books to make one character made my eyes bleed (and my old back break :).
5E is MY edition. It has brought back the passion for d&d and pure imagination that I thought had been lost forever. Too bad my adventuring group has moved on to some weird thing called "real life". Sounds like an end-game boss that needs slaying to me... Of course, my 10 year old daughter seems to pull me in that direction also (good thing she's developing a wonderful imagination. Maybe I can DM for her some day :)
 
Started with B/X and 1EAD&D to create a working hybrid that was fast and easy to play. I started moving and lost my game group during the transition to 2E and only dabbled in 3, 3.5, and 4E. 5th seems to have hit the sweet spot and now all I need to do is find a group to spend some time with and roll some dice.
 

KarinsDad

Villager
About a dozen years for me! I started in the 70's with the Holmes "Blue Book" and then played a mish-mash of Mentzer B/X and AD&D1e, and eventually played a lot of 2e as well. 3e seemed ok, but didn't hold my interest after low levels, and although I ventured off into C&C and various clones, and even games like Barbarians of Lemuria, nothing really hooked me back in after that. The 5e starter box and the free Basic D&D reeled me back in, and the new trinity of core books has me really looking forward to campaigning again. I'm currently trying to merge and update the Keep on the Borderlands with the Caverns of Thracia ...
Brings back memories.
 

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