D&D 5E Do you ACTUALLY use 3rd Party Books?

In the last 2 years, has your group used 3rd Party content in your game?

  • Yes, we've used player content AND monsters

    Votes: 152 64.4%
  • Yes, but only monsters

    Votes: 42 17.8%
  • No, but I'd allow player content AND monsters

    Votes: 12 5.1%
  • No, but I'd allow monsters

    Votes: 10 4.2%
  • No, I don't allow 3PP

    Votes: 20 8.5%

  • Poll closed .

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Man, I can't get my players to stop showing up with third party content, like a cat with a dead bird. Fortunately, 5E third party content is a lot better than much of it was during the 3E glut. I rarely have to say no any more.
We have one guy in my group that goes out an finds the most ridiculous, unbalanced stuff out there, and then wants to use it. I flatly state no third party stuff, but the other DM I alternate with lets him use it, and the inevitable power creep gets in. Then he gets bored like around 6th-7th level and wants to change to something else new and shiny and unbalanced...

To answer the original question posed here though, I use only one third party book, or, to be more precise, one set of them: our own @Nixlord 's Monster Manual Expanded books. I actually looked into Level Up, but it just seemed to be adding complexity for complexity's sake, when I find it much easier to run a simpler, more streamlined vanilla game.
 

Micah Sweet

Level Up & OSR Enthusiast
I wish I had this problem. The last time a player showed up with anything non-WotC would have been about four or five years ago when I ran a Dragonheist campaign - he wanted to play a sentient skeleton. Loved the idea and ran with it. Totally cool.

But, other than that? Any time I've put anything non-WotC in front of the players, they just turn up their noses. I wanted to use some fairly cool ship combat rules - a bit crunchier than Ghosts of Saltmarsh, but, not a lot. Couldn't even get them to read the pdf, never minding actually using it. :(

And it's been that way since the 3e days. Hell, even back then I couldn't even get them interested in Dragon mag stuff.
I'm sorry. Your group would frustrate me quite a lot, to be honest.
 

Hussar

Legend
I'm sorry. Your group would frustrate me quite a lot, to be honest.
Oh, dude, it's certainly not just my current group. It's been this way since the OGL hit the streets. Many groups, many players. Zero interest in anything non-WOtC. I agree that its frustrating though.
 


Micah Sweet

Level Up & OSR Enthusiast
Oh, dude, it's certainly not just my current group. It's been this way since the OGL hit the streets. Many groups, many players. Zero interest in anything non-WOtC. I agree that its frustrating though.
This is an attitude that, post 3e, I cannot understand.
 

Hussar

Legend
This is an attitude that, post 3e, I cannot understand.
At a guess, I would say its a combination of not really trusting 3pp to be balanced, combined with people wanting to use the books that they are buying. So, if you buy some WotC splatbook in the 3e days, you wanted to use it. Or conversely, if people bought Tasha's (again, for example) they want to use it. And since players are far more likely to buy WotC books than anyone else's, it does kinda make sense.

I still don'&t like it much though.
 

ZeshinX

Adventurer
Well, this thread inspired me to pick up Kobold Press' Tome of Heroes....so, yay!

In case it matters, I like the 5e system and plan to continue playing it despite WotC/Hasbro's foolishness. I just won't buy any WotC/Hasbro products. I blame WotC/Hasbro leaders for the debacle, not the game system itself. :)
 

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