Favourite D&D edition that’s not 5E

Favourite D&D Edition

  • OD&D

    Votes: 18 6.1%
  • AD&D 1E

    Votes: 43 14.6%
  • AD&D 2E

    Votes: 72 24.5%
  • D&D 3E/3.5

    Votes: 79 26.9%
  • D&D 4E

    Votes: 73 24.8%
  • Other (not 5E)

    Votes: 9 3.1%

  • Total voters
    294

thundershot

Explorer
I flipped back and forth between voting 2E and 3E and chose 2E because, while overly complicated at times, we had the most FUN playing 2E... 3E was great for customizing characters and flexibility, but all of the balance added took away some of the crazy fun we had with 2E.

And the adventures.... the most memorable adventures to me are Dragon Mountain, Baba Yaga, Goblins Return, Heart of the Enemy, Night Below, and many more..
 

Lanefan

Victoria Rules
1e.
[MENTION=6803664]ccs[/MENTION] hits many of my reasons for this in a post upthread. This puts the rest far better than I could:

I also prefer niche protection, and have a healthy disdain for “every class should be good at every aspect.” design philosophy. I view D&D like a team, where various classes play off weaknesses and strengths of others, like sports teams are now. Not where every player is as good in every aspect as every other player.
Thanks for saving me the typing. :)
 

JediSoth

Semi-Professional Author
I selected "Other" because I consider neither B/X nor BECMI part of OD&D (yet they're close enough to each other to be akin to 3.0/3.5).
 

MockingBird

Explorer
Kinda surprised 4e is leading. Maybe now that it isn't the D&D more people are open to it? I picked 2e cause it was my first D&D game. I remember getting the FR box set and looking at the maps and all the possibilities that filled my head. I miss setting box sets.
 

ccs

39th lv DM
Kinda surprised 4e is leading. Maybe now that it isn't the D&D more people are open to it?
This is a case of statistics lying to you. At the moment 4e has 38 votes. All others combined = 106 votes. Wich means that 76.some % of us reject 4e. 4e: Not the most popular version.
 

Jacob Lewis

The One with the Force
This is a case of statistics lying to you. At the moment 4e has 38 votes. All others combined = 106 votes. Wich means that 76.some % of us reject 4e. 4e: Not the most popular version.
Whatever helps you sleep at night. ;)
 

billd91

Hobbit on Quest
This is a case of statistics lying to you. At the moment 4e has 38 votes. All others combined = 106 votes. Wich means that 76.some % of us reject 4e. 4e: Not the most popular version.
The terms of the poll don't allow you to infer that, even from the answers there. The poll is about favorite edition and says nothing about what an individual participant's second favorite is.
That said, given the polarizing nature of 4e on the boards, if someone ran a poll about least favorite edition, I think 4e would have a very strong showing.
 

Xaelvaen

Explorer
I'm not sure if it's pure nostalgia, due to the fact that I began playing with 2E, or the fact that the system has aged well (at least with all the player variants and house rules we made all those years ago), but AD&D 2E all the way.
 

TwoSix

Lover of things you hate
The terms of the poll don't allow you to infer that, even from the answers there. The poll is about favorite edition and says nothing about what an individual participant's second favorite is.
That said, given the polarizing nature of 4e on the boards, if someone ran a poll about least favorite edition, I think 4e would have a very strong showing.
Yea, there aren't a lot of people who are "Meh" about 4e. You either really liked it or you really didn't.
 

Satyrn

Villager
The terms of the poll don't allow you to infer that, even from the answers there. The poll is about favorite edition and says nothing about what an individual participant's second favorite is.
Unless we assume that everybody's favorite edition is 5e (a rock solid assumption if ever there was one), in which case this poll is saying exactly what our second favorite is. :p



(Protip: There is no such thing as a rock solid assumption.)
 
Interesting how different these results are from what is recorded as being played out in the wild, where BX clones are popular and 2e and 4e are unloved.
Consider that this is being asked in 5e forum. The most effusive praise I've heard of 5e has come from 2e fans. 0e/1e/OSR and 3.x/PF fans have their things, so may not drop by here. 4e fans, by definition, were those most willing to give a new ed a chance.

So what you're seeing isn't absolute popularity of editions, but a prevalence of 2e & 4e fans within the 5e community.








Or, y'know, D&D eds may just be like Star Trek movies.... ;P
 
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Sacrosanct

Slayer of Keraptis
Consider that this is being asked in 5e forum. The most effusive praise I've heard of 5e has come from 2e fans. 0e/1e/OSR and 3.x/PF fans have their things, so may not drop by here. 4e fans, by definition, were those most willing to give a new ed a chance.

So what you're seeing isn't absolute popularity of editions, but a prevalence of 2e & 4e fans within the 5e community.








Or, y'know, D&D eds may just be like Star Trek movies.... ;P
I don’t think this is true. When 5e was announced, 4e fans weren’t the most likely to give it a chance. They were pretty upset about it, with a daily post about how WotC forsaken them and treated them like garbage by having a new edition. Many posters even said they would do their best to sabotage the game (don’t ask me how that was to be done).

Those reactions of course made all the rest of us who were fans of prior editions all roll our eyes because 4e fans were now experiencing the same thing all the rest of us did when our edition was discontinued. Only I guess they expected us all to believe it was a new thing now, and we should feel sorry for them?

Also, 5e was able to bring a lot of the OSR crowd back in (and not just 2e). Many people such as myself who stuck with 1e have said 5e brought us back to a new edition.
 
I don’t think this is true. When 5e was announced, 4e fans weren’t the most likely to give it a chance.
Fans of 4e were necessarily drawn from the segment of the fan base most willing to give a new ed a fair shot. You had to be, to look past the rocky introduction and the vitriol of the edition war, and form an honest impression of the new ed.

5e's introduction was a lot more considerate and measured, there may not have been a lot of enthusiasm for Next, but when season 19 rolled around, we played HotDQ....

...and remembering what a mess KotSf was, didn't hold it against 5e, either.

They were pretty upset about it, with a daily post about how WotC forsaken them and treated them like garbage by having a new edition. Many posters even said they would do their best to sabotage the game (don’t ask me how that was to be done).
Yeah, no.

Where's the edition war?
Where's the 4e clone?

There's been some disappointment registered, there's been surprisingly patient calls for the return if 4e options cut from the 5e PH (warlord!), there are surely a few tables here and there running 4e instead of 5e rather than as well as it.

But no 5e books are being burned, no new terminologies invented, no misinformation spread, no sabotage.

Those reactions of course made all the rest of us who were fans of prior editions all roll our eyes because 4e fans were now experiencing the same thing all the rest of us did when our edition was discontinued.
Not quite the same, no. For one thing we have the lessons of the edition war to learn from.

For another fans of 4e weren't just more inclined to adopt a new edition, they have no SRD or clone to defect to.

OSR and PF meant that fans of older eds could have live-and-let live, their own preferences being wll-supported, but, they committed enthusiastically to fighting the edition war (and, really, still are - thus the freak-out over 4e doing somewhat well in this very small-sample, self-selected poll).

Well except maybe for 2e, there was never a clone specifically of 2e. Hackmaster was more 1e,as was OSR, which also covered 0e and B/X(ECMI).

So, yeah, maybe it's not surprising, just on a practical level, that 4e and 2e fans seem a little over-represented on a 5e forum.


Also, 5e was able to bring a lot of the OSR crowd back in (and not just 2e). .
A lot, yes, but clearly not all, as OSR and PF have hardly vanished. So with 1e/0e/BECMI and 3.x fans having other options pulling them away from 5e, and the 5e forum, there a tad under-represented in this one, teeny, unscientific poll.

Why is that so upsetting?
 
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Hriston

Explorer
Seems odd to have OD&D include B/X and BECMI, since both of those came out well after AD&D and aren't particularly close to OD&D, having race as class most notably and somewhat different monsters (no demons for instance)
I think it has to do with the Basic line having developed from the original game along a separate trajectory from the Advanced line. Personally, I’d lump Holmes Basic in with OD&D as pretty much a restatement of the original game’s first three levels with only a handful of tacked on innovations. But Moldvay Basic, while it used Holmes as a point of departure, was a new game unto itself. I think “Other” should be repurposed to cover B/X and BECMI.
 

Azzy

Cyclone Ranger
I think it has to do with the Basic line having developed from the original game along a separate trajectory from the Advanced line. Personally, I’d lump Holmes Basic in with OD&D as pretty much a restatement of the original game’s first three levels with only a handful of tacked on innovations. But Moldvay Basic, while it used Holmes as a point of departure, was a new game unto itself. I think “Other” should be repurposed to cover B/X and BECMI.
Agreed.
 

Azzy

Cyclone Ranger
Kinda surprised 4e is leading. Maybe now that it isn't the D&D more people are open to it? I picked 2e cause it was my first D&D game. I remember getting the FR box set and looking at the maps and all the possibilities that filled my head. I miss setting box sets.
I'm surpised, too, as there always seemed to be a bias against 4e on these forums.
 

billd91

Hobbit on Quest
Yeah, no.

Where's the edition war?
Where's the 4e clone?

There's been some disappointment registered, there's been surprisingly patient calls for the return if 4e options cut from the 5e PH (warlord!), there are surely a few tables here and there running 4e instead of 5e rather than as week as it.

Not quite the same, no. For one thing we have the lessons of the edition war to learn from.
Lots of selective memory in this post.
 

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