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D&D General How Long Did You Play the Different Editions of D&D? (+)

Ath-kethin

Elder Thing
2e: a handful of sessions (but many hours of video games based on this edition), ~1992-2001
3/3.5e: the edition I played most, ~2001-2015 (with a break in 2007, and after that it was mostly PbP)
5e: significantly less than 3e, IIRC a couple of sessions in 2016, then again a new campaign this year
0e/1e: didn't play yet, but will probably do so once the Dolmenwood books are out (will probably play with B/X, but Swords&Wizardry is an option)

I have also played Dungeon Crawl Classics a couple of times and am looking forward to play either Beyond the Wall or Whitehack. But nothing set in stone so far for the latter two.
My main game for the past year or so has been DCC, but since it isn't technically an edition of D&D I didn't mention it. I played Pathfinder for a couple of years in the 4e era, but didn't list it here for the same reason.
 

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LoganRan

Explorer
B/X: 1981-1982 (only about 8-9 months, family moved and new group was playing 1E)
AD&D (1E): 1982-1989 (also played a smattering of times in college around 93-94)
3E: 1 session in 2001 (tried PF 1E about a decade later for a few sessions)
5E: 2015 (played for a few months via Adventurer's League)

I have not gamed regularly since high school back in the late 80's.

I would like to game but have two big issues: one, I'm only interested in playing older stuff (B/X or 1E) and, two, I don't like gaming remotely. Trying to find face-to-face gaming using B/X or 1E is very difficult.
 

teitan

Legend
Home brew 1988-1996, mostly a mash of 0e with a 1e PHB. We played it so much I didn’t even need rule books anymore.

2e 1994-1997, had two groups, this was my second group when I moved to a new town then to Athens, OH got fed up with TSR

3e, 3.5 2000-2008, got burnt out quit playing. 3.0 is my preferred brand.

5e 2019 to present

I played 3.5 the longest but I would say about 2006 I was starting to feel the burn with the sourcebooks just getting kind of out there. The last two I got were Libris Mortis and Dungeonscape and before those two? Umm. Man, I don’t remember at this point. I had most of the 3.0 era books but 3.5 I tended to stick to core plus 1 as the default for my players and home brewed everything so mostly Monster books. I didn’t even get Lords of Madness or the Fiendish books but 3.x was my favorite era at the same time. My book shelves at one point were so weighted down they broke from the 3.x era books so I must have had all of them up to 2005. I didn’t get the races of or class books, I met my players buy those. I got monster focused books and spell books.

I bought 5e when it came out but we started playing in 2019 when time allowed and then Covid hit. So we’ve played off and on since. So far it’s my favorite to run and I don’t plan on reupping with the Anniversary edition unless it really is 100% compatible. If it’s basically Fizban’s version of Dragonborn and bringing the PHB races in line with those minor changes then I’m down with that. I’m partially salty that Multiverse of Monsters is mostly reprints of Volo’s and Mordenkainen’s because while I was applauding putting the reprints in Xanathar and Tasha’s from the campaign settings for the subclasses and the races in the monster books… now they’re doing another reprint book for monsters and races from the monster books that reprinted monsters and races that were reprints and updates of monsters and races that were reprints of monsters and races that reprinted monsters and races that were reprinted… just move on already. Don’t issue a whole new book of the same material. Gimme an undead book!
 



Ath-kethin

Elder Thing
I’m partially salty that Multiverse of Monsters is mostly reprints of Volo’s and Mordenkainen’s because while I was applauding putting the reprints in Xanathar and Tasha’s from the campaign settings for the subclasses and the races in the monster books… now they’re doing another reprint book for monsters and races from the monster books that reprinted monsters and races that were reprints and updates of monsters and races that were reprints of monsters and races that reprinted monsters and races that were reprinted… just move on already. Don’t issue a whole new book of the same material. Gimme an undead book!
Hmm . . . by your description, Monsters of the Multiverse is completely an undead book. You know, the same material rising from the dead over and over to seek new life.
 


Lord Shark

Explorer
Holmes Basic: 1979
AD&D 1E: 1980-1989
AD&D 2E: 1989-2000
D&D 3E: 2000-about 2004? I don't really remember when I stopped playing 3E, I just drifted away.
D&D 4E: 2008-2014
Pathfinder 1E: 2011-present
13th Age: 2013-2016
 

Legatus Legionis

< BWAH HA Ha ha >
Original Dungeons and Dragons - 1 month
Advanced Dungeons and Dragons - 2 years
Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, 2nd Edition - 30+ years
Dungeons & Dragons, 3rd Edition - 1 month
 

MGibster

Legend
Oh, this is fun.

AD&D 1st edition: 1987-1989 (2 years)
AD&D 2nd edition: 1989-1997 (8 years)
D&D 3rd edition: 2000-2003 (3 years)
D&D 4th edition: 2007 (6 weeks)
D&D 5th edition: 2014-Present (7 years and counting)

For 3rd edition, I have to admit that 3.5 kind of angered me. I didn't feel as though the changes justified the price of new books and I opted out. And 4th edition just wasn't my bag.
 

Arilyn

Hero
Basic: Off and on 1982/83
AD&D: 1983 Occasionally
2e: One time only
3/3.5: 2001 until PF came out
4e: 5 or 6 times
5e: Since Publication
13th Age: Since Publication
 

Stormonu

Legend
This is the short version. I play/played several other game systems (including some fantasy systems, such as MERP) during various eras, usually post 1989.

Holmes - 1979 to 1981
B/X (BEMC) - 1981 - 1988
AD&D 1E - 1984-1990
AD&D 2E - 1989-1999 (While I got the books when they came out, we waited until MC2 was out so I had time to digest the rules before we started)
D&D 3E/3.5E - 2000 - 2010? (we played 3E until we switched to PF1; I didn't switch to 3.5 until about a year after it was out. We primarily played several non-D&D systems after 2008, until PF1)
D&D 4E - 2008 (three attempts, about 3 month long apiece)
PF1 - 2010? - 2014? (we started with the playtest and stopped a few months after 5E came out)
D&D 5E - 2014 - (we started with the Starter set and a couple months later started using the PHB/MM/DMG full rules)
 

DCC RPG is such a treat of a game. It's so weird and creative. The mix of Appendix N and 70s metal/hard rock influences is Chef's Kiss

Just about the only thing I wish they did differently design-wise was to not have every spell have its own table. I get that that's a huge part of the game, but consolidating that somehow to just a few tables would make the game completely perfect for me.

My main game for the past year or so has been DCC, but since it isn't technically an edition of D&D I didn't mention it. I played Pathfinder for a couple of years in the 4e era, but didn't list it here for the same reason.

One thing I just realized is that my longest-lasting, single campaign occurred during 4e. Huh. I played other editions longer, but those were all broken up into multiple campaigns. For 4e, I ran for the same set of characters (mostly) for the entire time, in one consecutive campaign.

4e: 08-13, 5 years
 

HammerMan

Legend
  • BECMI: 1 or 2 campaigns but just throw away
  • AD&D (1E): 1 or 2 sessions when the special books came out
  • AD&D (2E): 1991 to 2002 (11ish years) [we still talk about going back just flipping AC/THAC0 I have a retro clone we used a few times too]
    • Used Combat & Tactics/skills and powers options for 2E from '96 to '02 off and on.
  • D&D (3.xE): 2000 to 2006 (6ish years) we were into other systems because 3e lost us we were ready to jump ship in 2005
  • D&D (4E): 2008-2019 (11 years) we still look and talk about going back (this brought us back or else CoC and WoD had us)
  • D&D (5E): 2014 to present we did the "next play test then went back to 4e and we ran 4e and 5e side by side for a while (along with WoD) right now we have been 5e only since before covid hit and useing Roll20 that will stay.
 

pogre

Legend
O-D&D 1975-1979
1e 1979-1986
2e never played - we played WFRP instead.
3e/3.5e full run
4e Our group playtested 4e and I ran a campaign after this, but my group did not enjoy it and we switched to Pathfinder and WFRP for gaming
5e full run - Dove in on the playtesting of Next and have been playing ever since.

5e is closing in on the longest I have ever run an edition of D&D. It has a ways to go to catch up with WFRP1e though.
 

Kannik

Adventurer
AD&D (1E): 1987-1989
AD&D (2E): 1989-2000 *
D&D (3.XE): 2000-2009
D&D (4E): 2008-2016, 2021
D&D (5E): 2015-present

33 years of D&D, 36 years of RPGs in total, and still loving it. :D

* - When I joined my main D&D group in 1988, they were already starting to incorporate some of the bits that would make its way in to 2e, so in some ways some of my 1e time could be considered playing 1.5e. We officially began playing 2e on the day before it was released; the dad of one of my gaming buddies was the local distributor for TSR and he sold us the books a day early and at wholesale prices. And so it continued like that throughout high school -- which was a sweet deal! And the only time in my life where I had "connections" :p ;)
 

Emrico

Villager
B/X - Summer of 81 until Christmas 81. My whole group got AD&D books, etc for Christmas and made the switch.

AD&D 1E - Christmas 81 to Present. Currently running 2 1E campaigns.

AD&D 2E - Tried it briefly when it came out, never really grabbed me so stopped playing it after just a few months and stick with 1E

3E & 4E - was largely out of RPGs when these were released and was content to stick with 1E

5E - 2014 to Present. I enjoy 5E and it's a great way to find new 1E players. I play and run a couple 5E campaigns.

Emrico
 

Burnside

Space Jam Confirmed
Supporter
BECMI 86-87 (1 year+)
1e: 87-89 (a little under 2 years)
2e: 89-94 (5 years)
3e: a few sessions around 2000 or 2001
5e: 2017-present (4+ years)
 
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schneeland

Adventurer
DCC RPG is such a treat of a game. It's so weird and creative. The mix of Appendix N and 70s metal/hard rock influences is Chef's Kiss

Just about the only thing I wish they did differently design-wise was to not have every spell have its own table. I get that that's a huge part of the game, but consolidating that somehow to just a few tables would make the game completely perfect for me.
I share that sentiment. This is basically the only major change I would like to see in the game, or rather: where I would like to see a section with exactly those general tables.
I am personally also not the biggest fan of the thieves skills, but that seems minor to me compared to the spellcasting topic.
 

MockingBird

Explorer
I got into D&D late. I was born in 82 and once I was old enough, in the south, satanic panic was real, I got my first 2e PHB in 96 I think. I remember at the time TSR was in trouble and getting books was not easy. I finally found a DMG about a year later. In between that time I scored the FR grey box and a few other splat books.

2e 95ish to 98ish
3e just a few games here and there 2002ish
4e I tried to get my friends in on this edition but it was impossible for a bunch of casual players 2008ish
PF 1e few games here and there 2010ish
5e has been a winner, it's a lot easier to introduce to casual players 2014-current

I couldn't get into 3e at all. It was familiar but it was off and I couldn't put my finger on it. I'd later figure it out when I joined some PF games. I didnt like the level of knowledge you needed to build an adequate character.

4e I bought the main books. I really wanted to get a steady game going. My players just didnt get it. They just wanted to play and not have to think about which powers to use and when.

5e has been the best for my group. I debated going back to earlier editions until inwas able to look at the next playtest stuff.
 

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