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D&D General What editions of Dungeons & Dragons do you like?

What edition of Dungeons & Dragons do you like (choose all that apply)

  • 1st Edition

    Votes: 68 45.0%
  • 2nd Edition

    Votes: 85 56.3%
  • 3rd Edition

    Votes: 51 33.8%
  • 3.5 Edition

    Votes: 77 51.0%
  • 4th Edition

    Votes: 53 35.1%
  • 5th Edition

    Votes: 124 82.1%
  • Other (spin-off, please explain)

    Votes: 49 32.5%

  • Total voters
    151

pming

Hero
Hiya!

1e, obviously for me.
5e, also a very nice edition.
..
Other:
"2.5e Options Books" (Spells & Magic, Combat & Tactics, Skills & Powers, High-Level Campaigns). We decided to give it a try; we did the first 1/3 of the Night Below boxed set using this. Only some minor changes (I reworked how to buy/spend CP's for 'building' your characters 'class', allowing you to buy other classes stuff...and yes, it was balanced, point wise at least).

"B/X" The good old "Erol Otis covers" boxed sets. Absolutely LOVE this version! BECMI is a razor-thin second to it.

"Hackmaster 4th Edition". This is the 'first' edition of Hackmaster...which is the 4th 'edition' of Hackmaster when taking into account the antics of the Knights of the Dinner Table comic books where they were playing HM 3rd edition. HM4 is the one based on 1e/2e/BECMI...with a gazebo-full of other goodies! I would say that HM4 and 1e are effectively tied for me as my favourite edition. HM4 is soooo much "AD&D" as to be, in my mind, an actual edition of 1e AD&D as far as I'm concerned! :)

^_^

Paul L. Ming
 

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My favorites are 4e and 13th Age--which is basically 3e+4e, but preserves WAY WAY WAY more of the good things from 4e than what 5e did. (Perhaps that's why I feel 4e got left behind--I've seen it integrated into the 3rd edition rules style in a way I consider much better?)

Edit: Honestly, bit surprised to see 4e up there at 40%. Though I suppose the very things I thought meant it would get a chilly reception (the several...contentious...threads about Class Not Appearing In This Edition among them) sort of imply that it's in that contentious middle-ground. Very surprised that 3.5e, at least as of this post, isn't even a majority. I know these aren't even necessarily representative of all ENWorld posters, but I would have expected FAR higher votes there or "other/spinoff" for Pathfinder.
 


Zio_the_dark

The dark one :)
Epic
Liked all editions I had a chance to play so I selected 2e, 3.5, 4th and 5th...
2e get me in initially, loved 3.5 but would be unable to play it again now, for 4th and 5th like them both for different reasons and currently playing both (i only started 5th very late)!
 

I answered D&D 3.5, D&D 4, D&D 5 and other (thinking about Basic D&D)

D&D 3.5 because of E6, D&D 4 because of the cosmology and the game design experiments.

D&D 5 et BD&D because it's, from my POV, the two best editions of D&D ever.

My feeling is we're living the golden age of D&D because both D&D 5 and Old School Essentials (= BD&D perfected) can be bought and played.
 


At first, I only wanted to play 5E as that's the version I learned and started playing in regards to DND.

Lately though, I like want to play 3.5/Pathfinder, BECMI/LoTFP cross hack(rules wise anyway), 2E, and 1E. It's weird.

I still want to add aspects of 5E to them, but my playing range seems to have expanded for some reason lately.
 

Ath-kethin

Elder Thing
"Hackmaster 4th Edition". This is the 'first' edition of Hackmaster...which is the 4th 'edition' of Hackmaster when taking into account the antics of the Knights of the Dinner Table comic books where they were playing HM 3rd edition. HM4 is the one based on 1e/2e/BECMI...with a gazebo-full of other goodies! I would say that HM4 and 1e are effectively tied for me as my favourite edition. HM4 is soooo much "AD&D" as to be, in my mind, an actual edition of 1e AD&D as far as I'm concerned! :)

^_^

Paul L. Ming
Hackmaster 4e was also the first place the Al-Qadim gods were statted out. Which was cool on one hand, but on the other hand completely eviscerated the distant and non-aligned nature of those gods.
 

Strider1973

Explorer
All of them, really, including 0 or Original Edition (1974), and BX/BECMI/Rules Cyclopedia and yes, even 4th edition! I also enjoy a lot all of the clones-retroclones or things like those (OSRIC, For Gold and Glory, C&C, LL, Fantastic Heroes & Witchery (this last being my favourite reskinning of various editions of D&D). I also like Pathfinder 2e A LOT, I enjoyed Pathfinder 1e less, simply too crunchy for me!
 


Retreater

Legend
I like OD&D and BECMI as well but those weren't options. I couldn't bring myself to vote for 3.x because it would be the version I'd least want to DM if my friends asked me. I'd still do it, however.
 

It's not quite the longest-running edition, but it's very close.

BECMI began with Frank Mentzer's Basic Set (the "B" in "BECMI"), which, presuming I have my dates correct, came out on May 1st, 1983. After this, the absolute latest I can find a BECMI-compatible product coming out from TSR is Troy Denning's The Classic Dungeons & Dragons Game: Epic Adventures with Wizards, Dragons, and Magic!, which came out on either May 2nd or May 4th, 1994 (I've seen conflicting listings). So BECMI lasted almost exactly eleven years.

(If you don't count that introductory boxed set as the ending point, then the last BECMI product would be the Poor Wizard's Almanac II, published on December 1st, 1993.)

By contrast, the AD&D 2E Player's Handbook came out in February of 1989, with the Dungeon Master's Guide following in May of the same year and the MC1 Monstrous Compendium Volume One following in June (I can't find exact release dates). Since the last AD&D 2E product was Die Vecna Die! (June, 2000), that means that if you start counting from when the PHB was released, AD&D 2E just barely edges out BECMI by a few months.

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Really it began with earlier editions of Basic D&D which it was a revision of. I'm not sure I would single it out any more then I would seperate 3.0 and 3.5.

B/X from 1981 seems to have settled as the reference of choice for the OSR. (Basic D&D really doesn't need 36 levels).
 

Campbell

Legend
I really love B/X, BECMI, and Old School Essentials. They were not my D&D first loves, but they have been the longest.
I am also fairly enamored with more unique OSR offshoots like Into The Odd, Mothership, and Stars Without Number.

I love First Edition's attitude, but not really the game as much as B/X.

4e will always have a special place in my heart for its lore and actually having fairly fun combat. Not sure I could go back though.

PF2 is my modern D&D of choice for having broadly competent characters, being able to design the exact character I want to play, fun tough combat, and calling back to the classic game. Not sure I can really compare it to B/X though. Just different sorts of games.
 

2E is my favorite only because we played it so much and I knew the rules so much better than anything Ive played after. I miss the kit system. The game lost something for me from 3E and onward. I played 4E when it came out for awhile but really didnt like it. We switched to Star Wars SE, then to Pathfinder 1E and ultimately 5E.
 

TwoSix

Unserious gamer
Supporter
Voted for all except 1e. I didn’t start playing until 2e, and I don’t think 1e’s host of idiosyncrasies would be as appealing without the layer of nostalgia.

There are also a number of D&D-likes that I enjoy, 13th Age, SotDL, and a number of OSR derivatives the primary among them.
 

Stormonu

Legend
I've played every edition except for OD&D (which I played at a Con, but don't really count). My favorite are B/X, 2E, 3.5E and 5E for me, as well as PF1. At this time, I am enjoying 5E the most.

If I was asked to game anything other than 5E, I'd probably choose 2E, maybe B/X for a one-shot.
 


Sabathius42

Bree-Yark
I like 1-5e and BECMI. I don't love any of them, though, and think there are much more entertaining systems (not forks of some D&D edition) to explore. That being said not playing D&D in my group would be like trying to be vegan at a Texas BBQ joint, so when in Rome...

The only systems I'd want to play in 2021 would probably be 5 or 3.5.
 


NaturalZero

Adventurer
I mostly want to take the pieces I like from the editions I've played and slap them onto 5e.

I know! It's just so frustrating that The High Council of Gaming prevents us from doing that.
So far, no DM I'm playing with has let me walk in an change the rules at their table.
 

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