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

For me, it has (almost) reached the point of D&D or nothing.:)
this is pretty common. I hear it a lot. Maybe because I started at LARPs and with RIfts and very early went to World of Darkness I am more likely to give other systems a chance.
the only reason that I use D&D as often as I do now is the support Roll20 give me
 

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Nope. I still like to run Torg when I get the chance - the new edition is quite nice and my players have fun with it even though it's just a bit more fiddly t
Torg is is the one I miss the most it was to complex to do on roll20, and we were mid campagin when we stopped playing in person... we said we would come back to it in a few months when things went back to normal... we are still virtual
 


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.
that is what the last few years of 3e did to us, and 5e is kind of getting there... we want more mechanics for martial heroes and nerfed casters... or 5e may be what pushes us to try other things if teh 2024 book doesn't reinvent enough to keep this intresting
 

Yes. I have always played D&D first and foremost, and right now I only play 5E D&D. I did Kickstart the Everyday Heroes 5E book, so I'm looking forward to that and I think it'll be a nice distraction from D&D for a while when I get the pdf in November. Heres the games Ive played from first to last, so Ive always stayed pretty close to my D&D roots. At this point in my life, I have no desire to invest and learn any game system thats not 5E d20 based, until the 5.5/6E comes out in 2024. Is 5E the best system for D&D, no, but its the one that me and my players have decided to play so we're sticking with that system.

D&D
Marvel Superheroes
Call of Cthulhu
Alternity
d20 Modern
Star Wars d6, d20, Saga
Pathfinder 1E
 
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Zardnaar

Legend
Sort of in practice it's D&D or nothing.

I can get an occasional game of Star Wars.

Other RPGs may as well not exist. Read that as good luck getting the players for a group beyond one shots.

So any other RPG is essentially a collectors item.

Think I ran a one shot D6 Star Wars on 2019 or 20 for my group.
 

billd91

Hobbit on Quest (he/him)
I wouldn't say spoiled at all. Rather, 5e is just a bit hard to compete with because, no matter what other game we play for a while, my players and I still want to get back to D&D. We constantly have ideas of D&D campaigns to run that we want to try out. Any other game has, so far, been a temporary carve out from D&D in our regular, weekly games.
 

Jer

Legend
Supporter
Torg is is the one I miss the most it was to complex to do on roll20, and we were mid campagin when we stopped playing in person... we said we would come back to it in a few months when things went back to normal... we are still virtual
We managed to play once this summer in July with a reduced group - schedules being what they are in the summer I was glad for it.

It really is a game that is made for tabletop rather than virtual. Maybe if they came up with some kind of app to use the Drama Deck with on their phones - Roll20's built in card system just feels a bit too clunky, and my players are already pushing towards the edge of their fiddliness limit with the game without having to deal with Roll20's user interface.
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
Well, in thinking it all over, I thought I'd share and ask if anyone else has run into a similar phenomenon?

Nope. Not at all. 5e is good - I'm currently running one campaign and playing in another. But I also run and play other games. Generally, when one campaign is over, and another begins, I switch systems entirely.
I also get involved with live-action games every once is a while, and 5e is not a useful ruleset there at all.
 

TwoSix

Unserious gamer
Not for me. We're still mostly running/playing 5e out of inertia, but I think my next few games I'm going to push to switch it up a bit. 8 years of any system starts to get a little stale.
 

UngainlyTitan

Legend
Supporter
Currently enjoying D&D but would like to try other systems if I could find a group. Not particularly interested in running something else.
 

Reynard

Legend
I don't think "spoiled" is the right word, but it has become my default and what I revert to if I am having issues with other games. it is essentially comfort food -- and like a big steaming vat of bangers and mash, it is tasty but not particularly good for me.
 

el-remmen

Moderator Emeritus
I would not say "spoiled me" - but D&D has always been the game that stuck.

In various groups I've been in, we'd play D&D for a year or so, need a change, or there is a TPK or a campaign comes to an end, and we'd play something else for a while. But the thing is no matter what game we played within a few weeks to a few months (even if we were enjoying ourselves) we'd start champing at the bit for some D&D again.

So between D&D games we've played Villains & Vigilantes, Mutants & Masterminds, Marvel SAGA (best superhero system, if you ask me), Hong Kong Action Theatre, Amber Diceless, Starfinder, Car Wars, Legacy board games (like Risk or Pandemic), and so on. But none have the same staying power for us.
 

wicked cool

Adventurer
its 5e and a little call of cthulhu for its simplicity and modern game. i think most of the other games are for collectors and those that maybe arent satisfied with 5e and want ideas

i do think if elder scrolls was made into a d20 5e setting it would do really well. its an easy system to run
 


Well, in thinking it all over, I thought I'd share and ask if anyone else has run into a similar phenomenon?
I certainly am not having the same problem. I have one group where we only play D&D, are currently playing 5E, and are having a grand old time doing so. I have another group where we rarely play the same system for more than ~12-15 months at a stretch, bouncing from tried and true systems to new ones we want to try out to homebrews for a specific type of fix, etc.

I have, however, experienced a similar phenomenon. see:

I've spent years at this point modding 5E D&D to create the game I want, only to backtrack again and again for the sake of simplicity, commonality of play to the current establishment, and such.
^^This. my group modded the heck out of 2E AD&D back in the day (we had left our BECMI game for other games like GURPS and Shadowrun and Traveller for while, and decided to try the new D&D), and at the time, it took over our gaming attention spans. We could play any game that was fixed in our application of it, but only tinker with one at a time, apparently. Perhaps that's what is happening for you. Have you tried gaming with a rules-light or a system where your framework for playing it (the rules you use, what you use it for, etc.) is fixed?
 

I'm not sure I understand why folks come to a 5e thread, say they don't like/play 5e and/or have no interest in it. Why, in the great expanse of all that is the internet (and, really, the great expanse that is ENWorld), spend time on a forum engaging in a discussion about a game you don't even care about? Kinda belies the claim of "no interest", IMO. I dunno, maybe I'm missing something...
 

overgeeked

B/X Known World
Nah. WFRP scratches all the spots D&D doesn’t reach and I love it. There is a part of me that would happily replace D&D with it as my go to game.
I fell mostly the same. I prefer WFRP2E and would happily play that long-term for my fantasy needs. Use a few house rules to smooth out the rough edges, and I'm good to go. That said, when Cubicle 7 gets around to making WFRP using D&D 5E, I'll pick that up. If they can turn the 5E engine into something that can accurately mirror the grimdark Old World setting of mud, blood, and crap...I'd pick that up in a heartbeat.
 

Not at all for me as well. 5e is ok, but it seems to deliberatly not incorporate many modern mechanics/design principals so it will never be the "one game" for me.

5e doesn't stratch the itch when I want to play something like

Cortex
Fate
FFG Star Wars
TOR
even 4e/PF2e
 

I'm not sure I understand why folks come to a 5e thread, say they don't like/play 5e and/or have no interest in it. Why, in the great expanse of all that is the internet (and, really, the great expanse that is ENWorld), spend time on a forum engaging in a discussion about a game you don't even care about? Kinda belies the claim of "no interest", IMO. I dunno, maybe I'm missing something...

I totally agree in threads like "how do we make the 5e Fighter better?" and people respond by saying "play something else".

But I think the premise of this thread is "5e fulfills all my rpg needs and I don't really feel like playing any other games. Is that the same for you?" So quite different.
 

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