D&D 5E Has D&D spoiled you on other RPGs?


Game Designer
No. Kinda the opposite. 5E goes a different direction than I like so it’s pushing me towards other games and making me appreciate their not-5E-ness more than ever.

What pulled me in and kept me in D&D is the things it does well. Then you look at the thing it doesn't do as well or doesn't do at all; and you wonder what a game that does would look like?

It made me interested in other propositions.

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No, but not pushing me away either. Great system to get the next generation of gamers hooked. I still prefer Rolemaster for Fantasy, GURPS for Space, Shadowrun for CyberPunk, Champions for SuperHeroes, Call of Cthulhu for Horror, Torg for Weird, and GURPS for Genre Mashups.


Quite the opposite. I find I enjoy PF1 for fantasy the most at the moment. I also like DCC and Forbidden Lands for old school feel. I run a bit of Travller for a hard sci-fi that is flat without massive leveling. I'm looking at getting some Battletech going soon. Cant wait for my Bladerunner RPG. On and on, and im not sure when I'll get back to D&D.

Absolutely not. Quite the opposite. 5e being what it is, and so thoroughly repudiating what I loved about 4e, has pushed me to give other systems a shot. I've played SR5e and a handful of other systems as a result.


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From 1977-1990, the only RPGs I had played were D&D, Traveller, Champions/HERO, Stormbringer and In the Labyrinth/The Fantasy Trip. There we’re also boardgames like Star Fleet Battles, Starfire, O.G.R.E./G.E.V., and a bunch of Metagames, Task Force & TSR minigames.

In 1990, I joined a game group that was focused on HERO & GURPS- in fact, they would occasionally playtest SJG products. But they also played boardgames and RPGs, which opened my mind. Well, more like blew the doors off of it. By 1999, I had bought 150+ RPGs and tried somewhere around another 50. I culled back under 100 in 2005 or so.

That said, D&D- specifically 3.5Ed- is my #3 favorite game behind HERO and Mutants & Masterminds.


I like the concept of "D&D Fantasy." I love the idea of crawling into dark, monster-infested hell holes and coming out richer, stronger, but not necessarily with the entire party in one piece, but 5e doesn't do what I thought it would regarding that. DCC's filled that hole tho, but I'd gladly try out non D&D-like fantasy games if I see any mechanics I like. I also want to give PF2 a try, since it looks like it does what I like in terms of character customization, but in a much different way than DCC.


No. Kinda the opposite. 5E goes a different direction than I like so it’s pushing me towards other games and making me appreciate their not-5E-ness more than ever.
Exactly what I was going to post.

I was a diehard D&D 3E/4E player. Bought 5E as soon as it came out. Played for a few years but started getting tired of houseruling it into oblivion. Came across a free copy of Castles and Crusades and realized 90% of the work was already done for me! From there I slowly got into the OSR and haven't bought a 5E product in years.

Except LevelUp that is. :)

Egon Spengler

"We eat gods for breakfast!"
The OSR has spoiled me. I never have to leave the OD&D-compatible ecosystem for any reason (except maybe for a Ghostbusters RPG, but I hope to fix that soon myself). Sci-fi? Between X-Plorers, Hulks & Horrors, White Star, and Stars Without Number, I'm spoiled for choice — I never have to touch Star Frontiers or Alternity ever again. Present day? Skyscrapers & Sorcery, Ancient Mysteries & Lost Treasures, White Lies. Early modern? We've got Lamentations of the Flame Princess for 16th century, Miseries & Misfortunes for 17th century, A Ghastly Affair for 18th century, and Engines & Empires for 19th century (and also Freebooters specifically for pirates and a growing laundry-list of Wild West games — Blood & Bullets, Tall Tales BX, Gunslinger…). There's Gangbusters BX, Raiders! of the Lost Artifacts, Mutant Future, Flying Swordsmen, Beyond the Wall, Through Sunken Lands, The Hero's Journey, Wolves of God, and the list goes on. If I liked cyberpunk, I'd probably be aware of an OSR cyberpunk game too, and then I'd have one more reason than I already have for never touching Shadowrun.


Nope. I enjoy playing a lot of different games, with lots of various different systems.

D&D 5e is ok, for some some types of games. For others, it would be horribly, horribly bad bad.

Are there bad systems out there? Yes.
Are there games where the system does not mesh with the setting? Yes.

At the moment my group is playing the following:
  • Tianxia: Blood, Jade, & Silk. Will later this year be put on hiatus and a Scion 2e-campaign will resume
  • Vampire the Masuerade 5e. Will be ended/put on hiatus and a Starfinder-campaign will resume

I will run a campaign inn The Troubleshooters.
We might get a return to a Mage the Awakening 2e-campaign.

Not at all. While 5E is definitely my favorite RPG at the moment, other systems are good games for what they do. I'm currently playing Scum and Villainy, a spacefaring offshoot of Blades in the Dark. I played Legend of the Five Rings for decades using the original d10 roll & keep system. Back in college I got to play the original Deadlands system, which was absolutely fantastic, but I had a hard time find a group for it afterwards.


I mostly play Pathfinder (1st edition) and have a long list of other games I'd like to play one day.

What 5th edition has done for me is actually make me want to play or run D&D - looking through the books has made me nostalgic for mind flayers, yuan-ti, the rod of seven parts, demogorgon, Chult, Tiamat etc. etc. Of course, I could just add that kind of stuff to my Pathfinder game!


After 7+ years of DMing for 5E, I'd say D&D hasn't spoiled me on other systems at all. I've read through a lot of rule systems (Cortex Prime - Marvel Heroic RPG and Tales of Xadia in particular -, Vampire 20 and Mage 20, Continuum, PbtA games like Masks, and even other D&D offshoots like 2E, OSE and Pathfinder 1E/2E) and I would prefer running them if that system will fit the kind of story I want to create. But I have to admit that I feel the most comfortable with 5E. But I'm definitely seeing the limitations of the system, and I wouldn't hesitate abandoning it when it doesn't serve me.

As a player, it's not that I'm spoiled by 5E, but it's that I can't find anything else. Everyone around me runs 5E, and try as I might to show interesting other systems to friends, they seem to stay with 5E no matter what they're trying to do.

Lord Shark

No. I have zero interest in 5E. If I want to play D&D-style fantasy, I'd be more likely to reach for 13th Age, PF2, or Beyond the Wall first.

Art Waring

Redlined Ratrod
For me its the opposite in a way. I'm completely burned out on generic fantasy settings ATM, but people still prefer 5e, so I'm making the genre and game I want to see using 5e as a base.

However, I do agree that I am less willing to run other rules heavy systems now as a GM. Used to run PF games for years, it can become a chore.

Saying that, lately I have been branching out and looking at a wide variety of games, new and old, to see what they are doing. Looked at the old shadowrun books, and I don't think I would ever run it again, but I have and would prefer to run shadowrun type games in 5e atm.


This is hard to answer objectively. I played D&D for a decade before venturing into other games at university. I will say it's very hard for any other system to make a serious impression on me. I've played my fair share and greatly enjoyed many of them (the recent Free League Alien RPG is a good example, but that's because I have an affinity for the source material), but whenever I contemplate a long campaign, it's not going to be anything except D&D, and right now that means 5E.


Not really- but i'm really good at learning new systems.

I've been learning to run OSR and 5e modules in GURPS and it's been an interesting ride. It's really hard to pass up the freeform character generation.

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